As weeks remain for the climate talks in Copenhagen in December, a debate has arisen about what India’s specific stance should be.
People both within and outside the government have accused union environment minister Jairam Ramesh of compromising India’s long-held position and shifting its stance on climate change. So what exactly was this long-held position; what did it involve, and how did it impact negotiations like Copenhagen? What is the contrarian position, and what will that involve when negotiations get under way?
To talk about these questions, we have with us Dr. Biswajit Dhar, director general of Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, a policy research institute based in New Delhi.