CJI N V Ramana calls for ‘Indianisation’ of country’s legal system https://indianexpress.com/article/india/justice-system-colonial-not-suited-for-indian-population-says-cji-7517470/
“When I say Indianisation, I mean the need to adapt to the practical realities of our society and localise our justice delivery systems. For example, parties from a rural place fighting a family dispute are usually made to feel out of place in the court. They do not understand the arguments or pleadings which are mostly in English, a language alien to them. These days, judgments have become lengthy, which further complicates the position of litigants. For the parties to understand the implications of a judgment, they are forced to spend more money” .
The CJI stated that it is the duty of lawyers and judges to create an environment that is comforting for the litigants and other stakeholders. “We must not forget that the focal point of any justice delivery system is ‘the litigant-the justice seeker’,” he said, adding that “in this light, usage of alternate dispute mechanism such as mediation and conciliation would go a long way in reducing the friction between parties and would save resources. This also reduces the pendency and requirement for having lengthy arguments with lengthy judgments”.
Comment: Beyond pious words, the SC can easily lay down guidelines for recording and storing at the Panchyat level including some minimum information on the data and documents, oral testimony at any alternative dispute mechanism including Khaps. This will help litigants to approah the higher courts if needed, at the same time record their receipt of the verdicts.
CJI: Executive’s tendency to ignore court orders a worry Dhananjay Mahapatra / TNN / Dec 27, 2021,
unless there is cooperation and assistance from both the executive and legislature, justice to people cannot be ensured by the judiciary single-handedly.
“A popular majority is not a defence for arbitrary actions taken by a government. Every action is mandatorily required to comply with the Constitution. If the judiciary does not have the power of judicial review, then the functioning of democracy in this country would be unthinkable.”
“Courts do not have the power of the purse or the sword. Court orders are only good when they get executed. The executive needs to assist and cooperate for the rule of law to prevail in the nation. However, there appears to be a growing tendency to disregard, and even disrespect court orders by the executive,” the CJI said.
“There is a need to liberate the institution of public prosecutors. Total independence must be granted to them and to make them answerable only to the courts. Historically, prosecutors in India have been under the control of the government. Hence it is not a surprise that they do not act independently. They do nothing to prevent frivolous and non-deserving cases from reaching the courts,” he said.
Full lecture: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5f15_-vtz4E?start=1565&end=3185 &
Farmers, Economists & Democracy ||| Parakala Prabhakar Dec 22, 2021
There is an insidious project underway with regard to the now repealed Farm Laws. The ruling party, an influential section of our economists, a large and vocal section of the urban middle class, and the mainstream media are stealthily, but effectively, pushing a narrative. In this Episode Dr Parakala interrogates this narrative and shows that the farm laws are merely aimed at accelerating market dynamics in the sector without addressing the core issues that plague the agriculture sector in the country. And shows how this narrative's understanding of agriculture merely as an economic sector, the peasant as only an economic actor and food as nothing but a tradable a commodity is completely flawed.
Protest Over Felling Of Trees In Puducherry Dec 9, 2021
In Puducherry's Auroville, protests are being held against a road project. The protesters want the plan altered.
Agitators: "one is a low lying area, which is at the head of a watershed..so where we need to capture water, we need to have plantation that makes the water percolate..
The foundation says "four trees for every tree uprooted will be planted: It says that " a feeling of entitlement which has slowly creeped up in the community.."
Comment: Sound much like the "andolanjeevi jibe. I thought entitlement, and participation in plantation and community affairs is a part of the ideals of such an alternative community.
See this anonymous note: 6th Dec. 2021
We are writing to you with a great sense of urgency from Auroville to bring your attention to its current crisis. Auroville has been an inspiration for thousands of Ecovillages and ecological projects and practices across India and the world. But over the last few days it has descended into a spiral of violence. Forests, people's homes and community processes have been bulldozed.
Over the weekend there have been nightly raiders on youth housing and police aggression, today this was followed by bullying tactics involving a crowd of local villagers. Residents and government representatives used to operate in a delicate balance of power, enshrined in the Auroville Foundation Act. This balance is gone. The central government has appointed members who wish to fast track urban construction at the cost of people’s participation and ecology.
External communication has been forbidden by a gag order, but there is a website where residents are sharing updates: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/
Please read the press release below to get the context. Besides impacting the forests and water resources, this regressive step undermines the very Charter of Auroville, which gives power to the people to come together in a spirit of consultation and collaboration, and build ‘The City of Dawn’ based on unity and consensus.
7th Dec 2021
The police action a second time didn't happen as feared due to pressure from all sources. But the central govt is doing everything to take over Auroville with its puppets.
Through its puppets and destroy the grassroots democracy the city is based on. All planning and implementation has become top-down now.
On line petition https://www.change.org/sosauroville
Post by Ranjan: Wouldn't sign a misled petition that goes against the vision of Roger Anger and Mothers vision for a world city, misled by a group uninformed youth. It is sad to see that the place we have enjoyed bonhomie and pizzas was built in a zone that was not in the master plan of the city!! Ensuring Roger Angers vision and Mothers dream, has not been an easy path, and it doesn't seem to going fwd either.
Hope it gets sorted soon
Post by Bharat: Having read both the petition and Ranjan's comments re Auroville's 'master plan', I have endorsed the petition, primarily to support the rights of the resident community at large to take its own decisions, without external coercion and the inexcusable, unilateral, 'midnight action'.
Post from GS: 15th Dec. 2021 .Freedom of expression, self-governance and rights of nature are under threat from authoritarian take-over in Auroville. Auroville has been a site for practical ground testing of non-violent systems for food, energy, education, health, architecture, economics and governance for decades. It has been a hub for various alternative movements in India and has inspired thousands of young Indians to walk the path less travelled, think out of the box and challenge the status quo. But it stands to be taken over by authoritarian forces aligned with a dogmatic approach to town planning. .. We need your solidarity urgently. Auroville does not belong to anyone in particular. It belongs to you too
Auroville Residents Continue Resistance Against Road Development | The Wire Explains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tunPpWbvxCM Dec 16, 2021 The experimental town of Auroville, Located in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu, along the Puducherry border, which is premised on the ideas of freedom, peace and tranquillity is in the midst of a crisis. The international township, Auroville, is a human experiment where people are supposed to shed their race, nationality, religion and caste and attempt to live in harmony.
But that harmony has been seriously disturbed. Currently, its residents are protesting against the crown road project
CIVIL SOCIETY: ENEMY OF THE STATE? 28 November 2021 CCG OPEN LETTER TO CITIZENS OF INDIA 28 November 2021
Dear fellow citizens,
We are a group of former civil servants of the All India and Central Services who have worked with the Central and State Governments in the course of our careers. As a group, we have no affiliation with any political party but believe in impartiality, neutrality and commitment to the Constitution of India.
A disturbing trend in the direction of the country’s governance has become discernible over the past few years. The foundational values of our republic and the cherished norms of governance, which we had taken as immutable, have been under the relentless assault of an arrogant, majoritarian state. The sacrosanct principles of secularism and human rights have come to acquire a pejorative sense. Civil society activists striving to defend these principles are subjected to arrest and indefinite detention under draconian laws that blot our statute book. The establishment does its best to discredit them as anti-national and foreign agents.
Civil society, a diverse mass of formal and informal groups pursuing their own interests, occupies the vast democratic space outside of government and business. As the locus of critique, contestation and negotiation, it is an important stakeholder in governance, as well as
a force multiplier and partner in the project of meeting popular aspirations. But civil society is viewed through an adversarial prism today. Any entity, which dares to highlight deviations from the norms of Constitutional conduct, or question the arbitrary exercise of executive
authority, runs the risk of being projected as a foreign agent and enemy of the people. At a systemic level, the financial viability of civil society organisations is being progressively undermined by tweaking the legal framework governing foreign contributions, deployment of
corporate social responsibility funds and income tax exemptions.
Our anxiety with regard to the articulation of the state-civil society interface has been heightened in recent weeks by statements emanating from high dignitaries of the state. On the occasion of the Foundation Day of the National Human Rights Commission, its Chair, Justice (retd.) Arun Mishra, asserted that India’s creditable record on human rights was being tarnished at the behest of international forces. The Prime Minister, on his part, discerned a political agenda in what he felt was selective perception of human rights violation in certain incidents, while overlooking certain others. And quite shockingly, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, gave a fillip to the growing menace of vigilantism by endorsing the killing of persons believed to be terrorists by lynch mobs in Kashmir.
Taken together, these portents indicate a deliberate strategy to deny civil society the space and wherewithal for its operation. The contours of this strategy have now been revealed in the New Doval Doctrine propounded by the National Security Adviser (NSA). Reviewing the passing out parade of IPS probationers at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, Shri Ajit Doval proclaimed:
“The new frontiers of war, what you call the fourth- generation warfare, is the civil society. Wars have ceased to become an effective instrument for achieving political or military objectives. They are too expensive and unaffordable and, at the same time, there is uncertainty about their outcome. But it is the civil society that can be subverted, that can be suborned, that can be divided, that can be manipulated to hurt the interests of a nation. You are there to see that they stand fully protected.”
Instead of exhorting the IPS probationers to abide by the values enshrined in the Constitution to which they had sworn allegiance, the NSA stressed the primacy of the representatives of the people, and the laws framed by them. It would be pertinent to recall here that the term “fourth-generation warfare” is normally employed in relation to a conflict where the state is fighting non-state actors, such as terror groups and insurgents. Civil society now finds itself placed in this company. Earlier, the term “Urban Naxal” was being used to denigrate individual human rights activists. Clearly, under the New Doval Doctrine, people like Father Stan Swamy would become the arch enemy of the Indian state and the prime concern and target of its security forces.
The NSA’s clarion call for an onslaught on a demonised civil society is of a piece with the narrative of hate targeting defenders of Constitutional values and human rights that is regularly purveyed by the high and mighty in the establishment. The defining traits of the current dispensation are hubris and an utter disregard of democratic norms. These were manifest in the steamrolling of a discriminatory Citizenship(Amendment) Act through Parliament, its linkage with the National Register of Citizens, and the ruthless suppression of the spontaneous protests that erupted in various parts of the country.
The same traits were in evidence in the enactment of a set of three farm laws without public debate, stakeholder consultations or endorsement by alliance partners, and the highhanded treatment accorded to the agitated farmers encamped at the gates of Delhi. Their heroic resistance over fourteen months elicited the choicest of epithets from the establishment. Dubbed variously as “Andolanjeevis” (professional agitators), “Left-wing extremists” and “Khalistanis”, they were accused of working at the behest of “Foreign Destructive Ideology”, in a bizarre word-play with the acronym FDI referring to Foreign Direct Investment. Electoral compulsions might have led the Prime Minister to announce the decision to repeal the hated laws, but the damage done to the nation’s polity and social fabric will be hard to repair.
Let us hope that the government will realize the pitfalls of demonising dissent and trying to suppress civil resistance by brute force. It is also hoped that the alumni of the National Police Academy, or indeed our security forces in general, will not be swayed by the NSA’s
rhetoric and remember that their primary duty is to uphold Constitutional values, which override the will of the political executive. Even the laws framed by the legislatures have to be tested on the touchstone of constitutionality and accepted by the people. If this fundamental principle is not accepted, we may turn to the well-known satirical poem “The Solution”, written
in a different context by the famous German playwright Bertolt Brecht, which concludes with
the following words:
Would it not in that case be simpler for the government To dissolve the people
And elect another?
(102 signatories, at pages 4-8 below)
1. Anita Agnihotri IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Social Justice Empowerment, GoI
2. Salahuddin Ahmad IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
3. S.P. Ambrose IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
4. Anand Arni RAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
5. Vappala Balachandran IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
6. Gopalan Balagopal IAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
7. Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Coal, GoI
8. T.K. Banerji IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Union Public Service Commission
9. Sharad Behar IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
10. Aurobindo Behera IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Odisha
11. Madhu Bhaduri IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Portugal
12. Meeran C Borwankar
IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
13. Ravi Budhiraja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, GoI
14. Sundar Burra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary, Transport and Urban
Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi
IAS (Retd.) Former Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Govt. of
IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
18. Gurjit Singh
IAS (Retd.) Former Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Govt. of
19. F.T.R. Colaso IPS (Retd.) Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Karnataka &
former Director General of Police, Govt. of Jammu &
20. Anna Dani IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
21. Surjit K. Das IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand
22. Vibha Puri Das IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
23. P.R. Dasgupta IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Food Corporation of India, GoI
24. Pradeep K. Deb IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Deptt. Of Sports, GoI
25. Nitin Desai Former Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance,
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana
27. Sushil Dubey IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Sweden
28. A.S. Dulat IPS (Retd.) Former OSD on Kashmir, Prime Minister’s Office, GoI
29. K.P. Fabian IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Italy
30. Prabhu Ghate IAS (Retd.) Former Addl. Director General, Department of Tourism,
IAS (Retd.) Former Mission Director, National Drinking Water
32. Suresh K. Goel IFS (Retd.) Former Director General, Indian Council of Cultural
33. S. Gopal IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, GoI
34. S.K. Guha IAS (Retd.) Former Joint Secretary, Department of Women & Child
35. H.S. Gujral IFoS (Retd.) Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of
36. Meena Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests,
37. Ravi Vira
IAS (Retd.) Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, GoI and former Chief Information
39. Deepa Hari IRS
40. Sajjad Hassan IAS (Retd.) Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur
41. Kamal Jaswal IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information
42. Brijesh Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information
43. Ish Kumar IPS (Retd.) Former DGP (Vigilance & Enforcement), Govt. of
Telangana and former Special Rapporteur, National
Human Rights Commission
44. Sudhir Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Central Administrative Tribunal
45. Subodh Lal IPoS
Former Deputy Director General, Ministry of
46. Harsh Mander IAS (Retd.) Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
48. L.L. Mehrotra IFS (Retd.) Former Special Envoy to the Prime Minister and former
Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, GoI
49. Aditi Mehta IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
IFS (Retd.) Former Foreign Secretary and Former National Security
52. Malay Mishra IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Hungary
53. Sunil Mitra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, National Disaster Management
IPS (Retd.) Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Sikkim
56. Satya Narayan
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary General, National Human Rights
57. Deb Mukharji IFS (Retd.) Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and former
Ambassador to Nepal
58. Shiv Shankar
IFS (Retd.) Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Myanmar
60. Pranab S.
IAS (Retd.) Former Director, Institute of Port Management, GoI
61. Nagalsamy IA&AS
Former Principal Accountant General, Tamil Nadu &
IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary (Planning), Govt. of
63. P.A. Nazareth IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Egypt and Mexico
64. P. Joy Oommen IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Chhattisgarh
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI
66. Mira Pande IAS (Retd.) Former State Election Commissioner, West Bengal
IPS (Retd.) Former Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi
68. Alok Perti IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GoI
70. Rajesh Prasad IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to the Netherlands
IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
73. V.P. Raja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory
74. K. Sujatha Rao IAS (Retd.) Former Health Secretary, GoI
75. M.Y. Rao IAS (Retd.)
IAS (Retd.) Former Chairperson, West Bengal Electricity Regulatory
77. Satwant Reddy IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GoI
78. Vijaya Latha
IFS (Retd.) Former Deputy National Security Adviser, GoI
79. Julio Ribeiro IPS (Retd.) Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former
Ambassador to Romania
80. Aruna Roy IAS
81. Manabendra N.
IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
82. A.K. Samanta IPS (Retd.) Former Director General of Police (Intelligence), Govt. of
83. Deepak Sanan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt.
of Himachal Pradesh
84. G. Sankaran IC&CES
Former President, Customs, Excise and Gold (Control)
85. S. Satyabhama IAS (Retd.) Former Chairperson, National Seeds Corporation, GoI
86. N.C. Saxena IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
87. A. Selvaraj IRS (Retd.) Former Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Chennai, GoI
88. Ardhendu Sen IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI
90. Aftab Seth IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Japan
91. Ashok Kumar
IFoS (Retd.) Former MD, State Forest Development Corporation,
Govt. of Gujarat
92. Ashok Kumar
IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia
IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Indonesia
94. Raju Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar
95. Tara Ajai Singh IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka
96. Tirlochan Singh IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, National Commission for Minorities,
97. Parveen Talha IRS (Retd.) Former Member, Union Public Service Commission
98. P.S.S. Thomas IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary General, National Human Rights
99. Hindal Tyabji IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
100. Ashok Vajpeyi IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi
IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of
102. Rudi Warjri IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Colombia, Ecuador and Costa
Remember how the Constitution was brought into being https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/how-constitution-was-brought-into-being-7653286/ 3-12-2021 G. N. Devy writes: Tribal communities, workers, peasants, students and the common people braved imprisonment or bullets and fought for the dream of a freedom that would ensure justice and equality
One agrees with the CJI that the people have kept the Constitution alive, despite the “clean chits” to architects of riots and FIRs against victims of atrocities. One agrees with opposition parties that democratic institutions have crumbled; outside as well inside the political parties. Yes, the Prime Minister was right in pointing to “family-centric” action as a hindrance to development. Indeed, catering to only a few corporate families has caused a grave economic crisis for the rest of India.
One wonders if, like the mythical Prajapati, the praja could laugh, for it knows that “once the Constitution” is no guarantee of “always the Constitution”. Surely, it is watching through millions of eyes.
G20 ROME LEADERS’ DECLARATION https://www.g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/G20-ROME-LEADERS-DECLARATION.pdf
Top Takeaways from the UN World Leaders Summit at COP26 https://www.wri.org/insights/top-takeaways-un-world-leaders-summit-cop26
November 4, 2021 By Helen Mountford, David Waskow, Jamal Srouji, Frances Seymour, Lorena Gonzalez and Chirag Gajjar
Over 140 countries submitted updated 2030 climate plans, or nationally determined contributions (NDCs), under the Paris Climate Agreement in advance of COP26. https://www.climatewatchdata.org/2020-ndc-tracker
COP26: Unpacking India’s Major New Climate Targets
by Apurba Mitra, Chirag Gajjar and Ulka Kelkar - November 02, 2021 https://wri-india.org/blog/cop26-unpacking-india%E2%80%99s-major-new-climate-targets
The talks need to deliver three things:
First, COP26 negotiations must conclude with countries agreeing that major emitters come back within the next couple of years to step up their 2030 targets further to align with the 1.5 degrees C goal. The only way for this goal to remain in reach is if major emitters rapidly drive down emissions in the next decade — much more than they have committed to already.
Second, developing countries deserve much more confidence that finance pledges will be met. Developed countries must reassure developing countries that shortfalls in 2020 and beyond will be filled and that there will be a significant increase in finance for adaptation and loss and damage. Glasgow should also address matters of quality of climate finance, especially to ensure that the needs and priorities of developing countries are met without creating additional debt burden.
Finally, the outstanding rules of the Paris Agreement must put the right conditions in place to accelerate efforts to cut emissions and deliver finance to developing countries. It is more important to get the rules right than to adopt rules that are weak and would undermine the global accord.
'Capitalism is killing the planet': Protesters rally in Glasgow's COP26" https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-news-politics/capitalism-is-killing-the-planet-protesters-rally-in-glasgows-cop26-1047887.html
Reframing incentives for climate policy action | Nature Energy https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-021-00934-2 PDF: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-021-00934-2.pdf
The costs of generating solar and wind energy, which depend on location, have already or will soon reach parity with the lowest-cost traditional fossil alternatives and investment in low-carbon technologies is generating substantial new employment.
The notion that a country should benefit from free-riding on other countries’ climate policies can also be challenged. Incremental decarbonization, increasing energy efficiency and the economic impacts of COVID-19 have led oil and gas demand and prices to decline substantially. Changes in oil and gas prices, combined with slumps in production, may therefore have disruptive structural effects on high-cost fossil fuel producers, such as the United States, Canada, Russia and South America. Meanwhile, shedding expensive imports benefits gross domestic product (GDP) and employment in large importer regions, such as the European Union, China and India, as money not spent on expensive energy imports is spent domestically, and output is boosted by major low-carbon investment programmes.
Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition Jonathan Watts, Ashley Kirk, Niamh McIntyre, Pablo Gutiérrez and Niko Kommenda https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/nov/04/fossil-fuel-assets-worthless-2036-net-zero-transition Thu 4 Nov 2021
Countries that are slow to decarbonise will suffer but early movers will profit; the study finds that renewables and freed-up investment will more than make up for the losses to the global economy.
It highlights the risk of producing far more oil and gas than required for future demand, which is estimated to leave $11tn-$14tn (£8.1tn-£10.3tn) in so-called stranded assets – infrastructure, property and investments where the value has fallen so steeply they must be written off.
Shankar Sharma (by email) comments: In India's case more than half of coal power assets can be expected to face
the likelihood of becoming worthless for various reasons... Will it stir their leaders from blindly supporting fossil fule based economic paradigm? .. Our leaders continue to commit our limited resources into these ill-conceived projects..
IF we are serious of pursuing net-zero, why is our climate policy should straight away disincentivise coal for instance and not expand its mining, destroying forests, and forest dwelling communities.
Further the progress on the incentivisatiion of decentralised renewable energy like solar roof tops and net-metering is slow or tortuous , which again will incentivise hand over of large land and other resources to large centralised farms, and transmission systems in order to fulfill our international committments. .
NET-NET: More than making International committments, we need incentivise and empower poor people to move directly into a post carbon economy & energy development which they are in control of.
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