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How climate change made its way to India’s election agenda

The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections in India may have created history for India politically with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing a thumping win. However, another history in the making that most of us missed this election season was the inclusion of climate change in India’s election agenda.

Perhaps, for the first time in the history of India, energy and environmental policies got considerable attention in election manifestos of political parties. This election was also about India’s political parties acknowledging the seriousness of climate change and making promises to combat climate change, reduce carbon footprint and safeguard India’s ecological resources. 
 
Surprisingly, both national parties, the Congress and the BJP’s election manifestos included climate change as a crucial subject. The Congress’ manifesto stated that “climate change has now emerged as a serious challenge for the world community&r