Does your political party care about the environment?

Political parties in India have started to campaign around environmental issues. But are they really being honest?

Come elections, all environmentally-minded citizens of India begin to think of one question: When everything between the soil and the atmosphere is in a state of degradation and crisis, why don’t politicians fight elections over it? Headlines swing between hope and despair. Sample these:

Are environmental issues finally an important part of India’s election discourse? (2018)

Will India have its green moment in politics? (2019)

Why environmental issues are non-existent in this election (2019)

India faces an environmental crisis, but this season’s election coverage is set to ignore it (2021)

Uttarakhand Elections 2022: Climate change-induced extreme events not a poll …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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