Now that India has decided to relax its stance on intrusive climate change inspections, it will be interesting to see what developed countries have to offer. This newspaper will be surprised if it is anything substantial, given that their energies are now concentrated on killing the Kyoto Protocol and escaping any substantial commitment to prevent the planet from warming further. As always, they want to impose the bulk of the burden on developing countries. This new “colonialism” should be resisted. In fact, even an offer from India to match the US’ or other developed countries’ cut for cut is unlikely to find favour with the latter. The challenge is to come up with a strategy that, even while being fair to India’s own needs, makes the country look good. Sadly, political India has had little time or attention for this problem. This needs to be done soon, for time is running out.