Climate Politics in India: How can the Industrialised World Bridge the Trust Deficit?

Climate Politics in India: How can the Industrialised World Bridge the Trust Deficit?

in Indian Climate Policy: Choices and Challenges
Edited by David Michel and Amit Pandya
Henry L. Stimson Center
2009

In an ironic and to most Indians quite disturbing turn, India is increasingly portrayed as an obstructionist in the global climate negotiations. How did a country likely to be on the frontline of climate impacts – with a vast proportion of the world’s poor and a reasonably good record of energy-related environmental policy and performance – reach this diplomatic cul de sac? Part of the answer lies in the posturing of climate diplomats from India and industrialized countries. But looking beyond the cut and thrust of climate diplomacy, Indian climate policy and the reaction to it are a salutary case study in the failure to build North-South trust in the climate negotiations.