Death of Y P Chhibbar
2 December 2008
PUCL General Secertary Dr. Y P Chhibbar died today morning in New Delhi after a brief cancer illness. He was 76. Dr. Chhibbar had been General Secretary of PUCL since 1985. He was one of the founding members of the PUCL in 1980 and closely worked with three Presidents of the organization Rajender Sachar, Rajani Kothri and K. G. Kannabiran.
An educationist by profession Dr. Chhibbar taught in DAV college Dehradun before joining Delhi university as economics teacher in late sixties. He was closely associated with civil liberties movement in the country for over three decades and diligently edited the monthly PUCL Bulletin till the very end of his life. He always maintained that if the organization has to have a credibility it should steer clear of any `isms ’ and be steadfast in being pro-human rights and civil liberties only.
Dr. Chhibbar ably advised and guided various State Units, created the archive of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties and organized successfully its Annual Lecture Series besides bringing out several civil liberties related publications. The Civil Liberties movement of India and Peoples Union for Civil Liberties has lost a committed leader and a campaigner of Human Rights.
A born rationalist Dr. Chhibbar in his brief will expressed desire that his body be donated to a medical institute for the research purposes. The same was done today in the presence of a small representatives of fraternity of the civil liberty organizations of the capital.
-- K . G. Kannabiran
-- Pushkar Raj