Comments on: No takers for climate change politics in India Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: debal Sun, 16 May 2010 11:24:08 +0000 It is interesting to note that most writers here presume that people of India is too poor to think about environmental matters in general and the climate change issue in particular. This is another trap for the urban elite intellectual to blame it on the poor for all ignorance and environmentally irresponsible behaviour. These writers seem to ignore the fact that it’s the rich and the upper class – riding A/C cars and airplanes, living in A/C homes and wallowing in a lifestyle of luxury consumption of all greenhouse gas-emitting substances. If illiteracy and poverty is the cause of environmental ignorance, then high education (by academic degrees) and wealth are likely to make the rich and the urban elite highly environmentally conscious and responsible. It does not take much research to see the reverse among the great management degree holders and the corporate magnates – who are the most environmentally illiterate and irresponsible. It’s not poverty, but luxury consumption and the race for wealth accumulation that keep people too busy to think about the environment.

By: nara Thu, 18 Feb 2010 12:12:06 +0000 It’s the leadership failure that lead to the stalemate at Copenhagen. Read more about it at my blog: 0/copenhagen-an-apology-for-leadership/


By: vibhisan Fri, 29 Jan 2010 08:55:16 +0000 i think the climate issue is more economical then political. if you will go through latest happening at PMO you will easily find how the governmentbend the rules for the benifits of big corporate houses and comfertable to relate it with development. although the starta which actualy needs the benefits of development are ignored and only people with money get benifited.
the gap between poor and rich is growing with light’s speed and nothing is happening for the poor.

By: Amit_Saxena Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:02:39 +0000 Well. Let’s keep is simple. I think it is stupid to fight about Climate Change. It is be years before people will be able to embrace the changes needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the human race. By this time, we will have already peaked into some natural reserves like oil, Coal and Gas.
I do not believe that we cannot have an alterative to oil with a carbon neutral alternative such as Jatropa and / or Oil Derived from Algae. US can spend billions supporting a war outside it’s own territory, can bail out useless banks, but it is important to fuel and all important R&D, which should propel the use of Alternative Carbon Netural Technologies and should freely distribute the technology to the rest of the world.
Man will not be able to Run over Nature, because by definition, we are constraint with non-renewable resources and we have to simply focus on R&D to replace our dependence on conventional oil. A successful dependence on oil, with reduction is usage will only push out the Peak Oil a few years away. Finally, if alternatives are not found, oil prices will run away, only the rich will be able to afford it in 1 decade from now, economies will start to shrink.
Let’s think forward. Invest in Carbon Neutral Technologies like Algae oil which does not compete with resource used for growing food, otherwise, Man will Fight with Man for these limited resources
Let’s create Sustainable development principles which are solid. Let’s abandon Capitalism for a few Years !!

By: Gulati.Renuka Tue, 15 Dec 2009 09:59:59 +0000 In India, climate is still a luxury subject which generally is discussed by folks having leisure time. There is still a long way to go before we can convert it to a serious concern. Had China not been alongside us, we would have to succumb to whims of developed nations upon this issue.
Its hight time we should strengthen our individualistic stand on global map.

By: Rupam Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:26:35 +0000 There is indeed a huge level of ignorance amongst us about climate change and a very small section of people understand that it is a subset of sustainable development.
Recognition of environmental issues by the public is the most basic pre-requisite for it to become an integral part of the national politics.
From what I believe, it cannot enter or be reasonably conspicuous in the national politics through an election manifesto. It has to be an initiative taken by the ruling national party,
whichever it is and whenever it is; today or tomorrow. So, the “taker” has to be the national government and thats when and how I see it getting into the deep-end of mainstream politics.
On a related note, If the government can take initiatives for polio eradication (which is certainly for the future generation and a variant of sustainable development)
why cannot the ruling party become proactive and raise public awareness for issues like “recycling”and “greenhouse effect”?
For sure there are far bigger economic implications of environmental management and remediation than any other issues ruling the world at the moment.
Perhaps, the leaders themselves need some evening classes !!

By: scheng1 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 14:33:42 +0000 It’s all about money. Once someone can show that going green can make them rich, they will embrace it.
In a country where survival is a daily struggle, climate change is the last thing they want to think about.

By: UrghAllah Fri, 11 Dec 2009 09:33:50 +0000 Well, the Congress party didn’t get the chance other wise it would have sold the country. Anyhow India is still on mercy of likes of every tom dick and harry of world, including Pakistan. What’s new here? Only Climate, istead of other important things of life like right to lead a peaceful, honorable life. But this right has to come by mercy of Britain, America, Pakistan, Bangladesh… What freedom opportunists got for us… KUDOS!

By: ashu_eureka Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:00:17 +0000 There’s the correct point – bread & butter.It’s not only Indians who won’t pay much heed to climate degradation but almost all the countries will behave in the same manner.At the most some developed nations will debate and try to find out scape goat but the end result is known before the debate is over.
We humans have defied nature and now it’s time for our doom.

By: DaraIndia Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:44:41 +0000 This subject needs a certain level of subject knowledge. In a country where education is itself a major problem it is a difficult subject for people to grasp. Moreover, for a country like India, in spite of all the talk of being a economic giant etc., there are more immediate bread and butter issues which people experience and understand and cause greater concern. It is thus natural the debate is limited to those who understand the subject – or pretend to do so anyway.