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India chokes on smog; can’t drink off the tap. Yet, the environment isn’t a poll issue. Here’s why.

While political parties try to appear concerned about the environment, issues ranging from pollution to mining are often relegated to the background. Although these issues seriously impact lives, they are unable to influence people’s voting behaviour.
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A supporter of the Green Party of Canada mimics a statue in Toronto. Like Canada, India is among the few countries of the world to have political parties that focus on supporting environmental movements and creating conditions for green politics. Getty Images
A supporter of the Green Party of Canada mimics a statue in Toronto. Like Canada, India is among the few countries of the world to have political parties that focus on supporting environmental movements and creating conditions for green politics.
There is this generation that still believes small actions can make a big difference. They will enthusiastically pitch in to clean up a plastic-strewn beach. And participate in surveys to count migratory birds in the neighbourhood. Or plant saplings in their cities. These people will also likely make it a point to queue up at an election booth over the
their manifestos. Where earlier they would pitch for cleaning the Ganga, they are now looking at larger issues such as water availability, land use, and tribal welfare. Although the day when they will decide election outcomes won’t be on the horizon soon, a new environment-conscious generation may just hasten its arrival. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq and Mohammad Arshad)
There is this generation that still believes small actions can make a big difference. They will enthusiastically pitch in to clean up a plastic-strewn beach. And participate in surveys to count migratory birds in the neighbourhood. Or plant saplings in their cities. These people will also likely make it a point to queue up at an election booth over the their manifestos. Where earlier they would pitch for cleaning the Ganga, they are now looking at larger issues such as water availability, land use, and tribal welfare. Although the day when they will decide election outcomes won’t be on the horizon soon, a new environment-conscious generation may just hasten its arrival. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq and Mohammad Arshad)

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