The Indian Election: An opportunity for climate and development issues?

I am Srinivas Krishnaswamy, the CEO of the Vasudha Foundation in India and a Nivela Associate. In this conversation with Nivela´s Director, I summarized my point: climate and development must be tackled together as part of a the effort to tackle poverty issues in India. Will the next government break the pattern of keeping climate and environment as separate from the development agenda in India?

India will have an election in October 2014 and about 800 million people are eligible to vote. No doubt this will be the largest election in the world.

With Sunita Dubey we wrote the article "India and Elections: Will the environment and Climate ever be a priority?" One key point we make is that the political reconfiguration taking place in India offers a possible entry point for the climate resilience and inclusive development in the political agenda.

"The Indian political landscape is under reconfiguration with coalition of political parties becoming the new the norm. The bottom up approaches by chief state ministers and strong regional politicos could open a window of opportunity for climate resilient and inclusive development if state politics integrates this vision into the national agenda. There needs to be a debate over the choices to invest in infrastructure for the sake of economic growth only versus investments in infrastructure that tackle poverty as well. There are signs of politicos recognizing that quality of growth matters."

This article and video is part of Nivela´s first "Elections & Climate Series" offering analyses about specific countries on the question of whether politicians deal (or not) with development and climate issues in their presidential race and emerging opportunities for reframing climate as a development issue.

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