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India Greens Introduction by Party Convenor Suresh Nautiyal

The seeds of India Greens (pan-India Green party) were sown in a meeting on 2nd of July 2017 in New Delhi. More than 40 people from 17 Indian states came together to express that they needed a Green party in the country. They knew for sure that there was an urgent need for a Green party in the era of globalisation, marketisation and climate change. And due to this, they were aspiring for last several years to found this party. There were attempts in the past which nonetheless failed, but provided a solid basis. Finally, the ice was broken and everybody can see today an ocean of change – change in the Indian politics. And, transformation towards the Green Politics!

The seedling is taking shape and it is hoped that India Greens (IG) will come into existence as a formal and constitutional political party in 2018.

As mentioned earlier, there has been a strong and unflinching desire to found a Green party in India – a country generous to evolve and develop as one of the largest democracy over the years.

However, there remains a yawning gap between the vision of the future and the reality.

And regrettably, India too has a vision of unending economic growth resulting in the destruction of the living planet. We can see the impact of the unending desire in the form of overconsumption on the environment. The result is that we are not secure in the comfort of industrial and economic growth and wealth. The rural areas remain placed at risk by the capricious agricultural economy. And if the rural people are forced to flee to the urban areas, they will be placed at the mercy of urban casual labour markets.

We actually need a vision for the landscapes and their ecological usage. We need a vision to democratise our land use and find a sustainable socio-economic vision.

Most of the existing political parties in India have done and continue to do nothing to address these vital problems. They appear to have unanimously signed up to a growth model that will progressively undermine and then destroy the livelihoods of the natural resource dependent majorities.

India Greens has been visualised to respond to these challenges and engage the people in the fields and forests of the country in a political conversation that has certain objectives to achieve — ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, non-violence, participatory democracy and respect for diversity — at the pan-India level. Such a conversation when built in all parts of the country will demonstrate that a Green radical transformation towards a just and sustainable society is possible.

The main constituency of India Greens consists of those people who are on the edge already, those who depend on the agricultural land or the forest, those who depend on the rains and the rivers, or those depend on the price of food and fuel for their day-to-day needs.

This constituency also consists of the people who are the best placed to defend rights, not only to nature, but of nature, within a more just, sustainable and decentralised society with a political-economic model that fits within this.

Now, the build-up must be towards a comprehensive ecological movement that brings together social movements which are already fighting for the interests of those set to be further dispossessed. It is only upon this ground that an effective national Green political party and the movement can form in the country.

Bringing into the shape a pan-India Green party is a huge undertaking so the task has been broken into phases allowing it to ramp up the team in an orderly fashion with defined checkpoints along the way.

By 2018, India Greens aspires to hold its national convention/congress to endorse and adopt its constitution, policies and ideology based on the guidelines and principles of the Global Greens Charter and elect its national office bearers in the manner of participatory democracy.

As of now, Indian Greens has a structure that will work till the formation of the party in a formal way. It has a 17-member Steering Committee to run the affairs of the party, five committees to take care of party constitution, manifesto & policies, to take care of media & communication, to look after fundraising, to launch the membership drives and to launch the campaigns. India Greens has two Spokespersons, three Regional Conveners (Northeast, South and North), Treasurer, and the National Convener. All these office bearers and all the members of India Greens are committed to evolve the party from the grassroots level and free it from Centrism.

For sure, we need several hundred Green leaders to run the party at the pan-India level. We invite you to become part of the New Politics in India – yes, the New Green Politics that thinks from Local to Global!

Suresh Nautiyal

National Convener, India Greens

Read more about the India Greens at: http://india-greens.org

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