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At Paris Climate Change Conference, India should work hard to maintain an independent green policy that does not hurt its economic growth prospects

India as a nation is one of the biggest polluters in the world, but it is not responsible for the stock of excess atmospheric carbon built up since the industrial revolution.

The amount of carbon spewed out by the country is mostly because of its large population but the average Indian has a low carbon footprint.

India needs to begin making a transition from energy sources such as coal to newer forms, such as solar, but it has good reasons to demand the rich countries financially support such a passage.

India will be under tremendous pressure from the rich nations to announce deep cuts in carbon emissions, but it should work hard to maintain an independent green policy that does not hurt its economic growth prospects.

These are the simple propositions the country’s negotiators should follow at the global climate change talks in Paris this week. India can do without the kind of indulgent grandstanding we saw in Copenhagen a few years ago.

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