For the past nine years, much has been said about environmental management and carbon emissions reduction all over the world. As one of the biggest polluters among the emerging economies, India must start such an environmental movement. Time was running out despite the India Shinning campaign of year two thousand. Where does the success of such a plan lie? The key, it seems, is in grass roots commitment.
Set in a small imaginary suburb, Potla, in the dirtiest Indian city, Calcutta, The Manifesto is a tragic story of an environmental improvement movement. Prince, a virtual recluse living on his inheritance, and his wife, Rani, challenges the community, raises funds by offering their private Shiva Temple to the public, organizes private meetings in and out of the suburb, and defies the famous Calcutta Municipality Corporation to implement their Environment Management Manifesto.
What are the hurdles Prince and Rani faced from a well entrenched Communist state government? Who were his fiends? How did he stop one of his committed friends not to immigrate to Australia? How did he raise funds from foreign investors for his first private project?
In summary The Manifesto is a tragic tale, as politics in India is tragic.
So what hope is there for the world to unite and stop the environmental degradation?
The answer is better left to the reader.