Samir was born in Calcutta, India. He came to the UK in the 1960s, gaining an honours degree at the London School of Economics.
Samir spent many years working in community development in Coventry, Liverpool and Rochdale. He helped community groups of all races in to become self-reliant and get council funding for their projects. Samir took early retirement from a senior post at Rochdale Council. He is now doing research on the environment for Manchester University.
Samir is an experienced activist. He was the Vice Chair of the World Development Movement and has been active in the Rochdale Green Party for many years. He has played a key role in supporting the development of wind power in the North West, despite huge hostility. He fought the Rochdale Parliamentary seat for the Green Party in 2005.
Britain is a proud multicultural society. He is happy to represent the Green Party here in the North West.
In the North West, the British National Party (BNP) are threatening the civil liberties of every Black, Chinese and Asian person. A Green vote is key to stopping the BNP. If the BNP get more than 8% of the vote and finish as the fourth largest party, they will get elected in the North West. But if the Green Party beat them, even by a few votes, then the final seat will go to the Greens.
Extra votes for Labour or the Liberal Democrats may not stop the BNP. Their parties are guaranteed to re-elect their MEPs this time. He urges Labour and Liberal Democrat anti-racist voters to support the Green Party.
In 2003, Samir campaigned in favour of the proposed wind farm on Scout Moor and Knowl Moor. There was massive organised local opposition to the scheme. All three of the main political parties in Rochdale opposed the turbines. Nobody else dared come forward to support the wind farm.
Samir continued his support. He wrote articles in the Rochdale Observer newspaper to keep the debate alive. In 2004, there was a Public Enquiry. With two others, Samir made the case for the wind farm. They highlighted the case for a better local and global environment, less pollution and better public health.
In 2005, the Public Enquiry went in their favour. The 26 wind turbines were finally turned on in September 2008. They now generate 65megawatt of electricity, lighting up half the houses of Rochdale. The annual Carbon Dioxide replaced would be 162,000 tonnes.