"The Indians need to be very careful that they are seen as a different kind of country."
“We (India) have to learn to conduct bilateral dialogue and negotiate multilaterally. That is what I call walking on two legs"
The stance taken by India has been twice stressed in the past week. First, by a group of NGOs led by Greenpeace at Bangkok, formulating a draft 'Copenhagen Treaty' for Copenhagen, that bears similarities to actions drafted by India. Second, with the World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change report released this week, that says reiterates India's stand,
"High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints and boost development of alternative energy sources to help tackle the problem of climate change."
As Mr Soros said,
“The problem of global warming is primarily a political problem at this point. The science is beyond dispute, but how do we achieve the objectives we all know are necessary? That is a political problem.”
If India. plays the geo-politics game shrewdly, at Copenhagen and thereafter, she may emerge the ultimate winner with a sustainable and thriving economy to her credit, with a smorgasbord of green jobs and global energy investments lined up. Despite the pessimism in the wake of the Bangkok UN talks, India can look forward to a solution which sets it apart as a sustainable low carbon emitting developing economy, balancing all its fronts.