Be #TulsiGowda, not #GretaThunberg, say netizens as Indian environmentalist wins Padma Award

Be #TulsiGowda, not #GretaThunberg, say netizens as Indian environmentalist wins Padma Award



Tulsi Gowda, the barefooted tree-lover from Honnali village Karnataka, was among the 119 Padma award 2020 recipients and was honoured at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

New Delhi: Netizens and social media users broke into a melee in India after ‘Encyclopedia of Forest’ Tuli Gowda was recognised with a Padma award for her contribution to environment and pegged her against controversial environmentalist Greta Thunberg. 

Gowda, the barefooted tree-lover from Honnali village Karnataka, was among the 119 Padma award 2020 recipients and was honoured at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

She has worked for the environment for more than sixty years and has planted over 30 thousand saplings. 

Gowda, who belongs to the Halakki tribal, takes care of the nurseries of the Karnataka forest department and is known for highlighting issues and concerns over environmental issues. 

Soon after the news of her winning the Padma award broke, netizens took to social media to share tweets highlighting the contributions of Tulsi Gowda and trending Be #TulsiGowda, not #GretaThunberg  

One person went on to state that “In the world of propagandists, be a real change agent. In the world of #GretaThunbergs, be a #TulsiGowda”

Another netizen tagged Greta Thunberg in a post, introducing her to Tulsi Gowda, and stating that she is an environmentalist from India who has planted more than 30k saplings in the last 6 decades without making any noise.

She has been called a silent hero and an encyclopedia as well, with netizens saying, “her vast knowledge on diverse species of plants/herbs bewilders experts.”

From her childhood days, Gowda started working with her mother at a local nursery. She never went to school and was married at a very young age.

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first published:Nov. 10, 2021, 10:41 a.m.



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