Good news! A Green Party is forming in India very soon. I was wondering when a country of 2 billion would finally get a Green Party! Environmental champion Subhas Dutta will be visiting the Green Party in England to exchange ideas with Leader Caroline Lucas. Here’s hoping Vandana Shiva joins the Greens (I’m a big fan)!
Datta is flying to London on September 12 for talks with Caroline Lucas, a leader of the UK Green Party and member of the European Parliament.
“I will learn about the Green Party’s constitution, policies, framework and success. I would also like to interact with members of Germany’s Green Party as it is the first among green parties worldwide to achieve national prominence by being part of the ruling Social Democratic Party coalition from 1998 to 2005. Our party will be launched next year and we will fight the 2011 Assembly elections in West Bengal,” Datta told TOI on Wednesday.
Asked about how his party would be funded, Mr Dutta said he was hopeful that millions of Indians would donate for the Green Party “because they have become more and more environment conscious”.
He is, however, not very keen on donations from the corporate sector.
“We would prefer the corporates in private and public sector to take up some causes like Calcutta’s river front cleanup and development rather than give our party direct donations.”