President’s Note

FUTURE IS GREEN, GREEN IS FUTURE!

A consistent dialogue with the Greens over last few years has resulted in the foundation of the INDIA GREENS PARTY– a Green political party with a pan-India perspective, with allegiance to the Constitution of India and commitment towards the Global Greens Charter.

There has always been a great need to have a Green party as Green actions in the forms of movements and politics were urgently called for to deal with the burning ecological issues. To do so, it was important to bring the Green vision, mission, voices and thoughts together — to support the ongoing Green movements and build such new movements and create conditions for Green Politics in the country.

To deliver these desired goals, we have created the INDIA GREENS PARTY — to make India Green, to establish Green Politics and to create possibilities for Green Philosophy and Green future! It was also felt that the existing political parties in the country have done and continue to do nothing to address the vital issues related to: ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, non-violence, participatory democracy and respect for diversity. Most of the political parties appear to have unanimously signed up to a non-Green growth model that has progressively undermined and destroyed the livelihoods of several communities.

Also, there is a yawning gap between the vision of the future and the realities faced by the majority, who are dependent upon natural-resource bases.

This lack of realism was enough to bring us together to bring in a paradigm shift and create conditions for Green Politics through INDIA GREENS PARTY so that those who depend on the land or the forest, on the rains and the rivers, or on the price of food and fuel for their needs have their rights in place for a just, sustainable and decentralised society with a political-economic model that fits within the Green Philosophy.

We can see the impact of unending overconsumption on the environment. Also, 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.

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 issues. 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.

So, the seeds of India Greens Party were sown on 2nd of July 2017 in its small meeting in New Delhi, in which 44 people from 17 states took part and agreed that there was an urgent need for a national Green party in India in the era of globalisation, liberalisation, marketisation and climate change. They also acknowledged that several attempts were in the past to found a Green [arty, which for reasons did not fructify. In a nutshell, 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.

Therefore, India Greens Party has been visualised to respond to these challenges and engage people — in the fields and in the 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 Party 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.

In view of this, the India Greens Party held its first National Convention and first General Assembly on 17-18 November 2018 at Garhwal Bhavan in New Delhi to endorse and adopt its Preamble, Constitution, Core Principles, Policies and Ideology based on the guidelines and principles of the Global Greens Charter and Green Philosophy.

Now, the India Greens Party is getting ready to make India politically clean & green by following the tenet: Planet, people and peace over profit!

Suresh Nautiyal

29th of November 2018, Delhi, INDIA.

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