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2014 General Election in India: Is Democracy at work?

By Suresh Nautiyal*

MAY 16, 2014 shall be recorded as a historic day for several reasons, no matter how large section of the Indian society was disappointed! The result of the 16th Lok Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament) is overwhelming but not up to the expectations of the marginalised majority.


Indian elections report: Narendra Modi to become new prime minister

By: Marko Ulvila, Policy advisor of Satu Hassi MEP (Greens/FI), Member of Green League Finland


India: The Politics of Green Ideology

By Suresh Nautiyal

Green activist, journalist and GGC Member

IN INDIA, the Sixteenth Lok Sabha General Election-2014 is to be over on May 12 and results will be out on May 16, 2014. Subsequently, a new central government has to come into existence. Till date, there remains a level of uncertainty as to which party or political alliance will form the next government.


Global Greens News: India: The Politics of Green Ideology

By Suresh Nautiyal (Green activist, journalist and GGC Member) IN INDIA, the 16th Lok Sabha (lower house) General Election will conclude this May 12, 2014 and the election results will be announced on May 16 about India's next central government. The outcome is uncertain. Whereas Indian voters feel disenchanted with the ruling United Progressive Alliance led by the Indian National Congress (INC), the main opposition National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not been able to turn the existing Modi Factor into a popular Modi Wave. The emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is moreover seen as a stumbling block to the BJP’s touted victory march. As we enter the final phases of General Election 2014, lets take a brief look at India's election process and future political possibilities.

India General Election Dates

India's general election will take place in nine phases in April and May, the Election Commission has announced. 

Polling to elect a new Lok Sabha, or lower house, will be held from 7 April to 12 May. Votes will be counted on 16 May. 

With some 814 million eligible voters, India's election will be the largest the world has seen. 

The ruling Congress party and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party will be battling a host of smaller parties.


Megalomaniac nuclear power plans in India

While Germany phases out its atomic energy production following the Fukushima accident and the expansion of nuclear power in Europe is mostly slowed down or even put to a halt, the Indian government plans to increase the country´s nuclear power production capacity by a factor of 100. By 2050, the then most populous country in the world could be dotted with of the capacity to produce 470 GW of nuclear energy, according to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The installed capacity in India would in this scenario be higher than today´s production capacity of all nuclear power plants worldwide combined. French energy company AREVA and other nuclear power providers are keen to make use of this new opportunity to sell their technology.

Uranium sales to India a disaster in the making

Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 21 January 2013.

 The Federal Government’s decision to pursue uranium sales to India is a disaster in the making, the Australian Greens said today.  Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said the Labor Party has proven it cannot be trusted on the environment.

“We will be working with the anti-nuclear movement in India – which has faced brutal repression in recent times – to ensure this does not go ahead.


‘Greens’ flay government approach to Gadgil report

By Express News Service - KOCHI

The ‘greens’ in Kerala have come out against the state government’s stand on the Madhav Gadgil panel recommendations. Instead of opting for a pre-emptive approach against the report, the government should have adopted  participative planning, thereby making it more ‘conservation-oriented’, they feel.

“There is a misconception among the public that the ecologically fragile lands (EFLs) and the proposed ecologically sensitive zones (ESZs) are the same.



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