Although Environment and Forests minister Jairam Ramesh refused to take any question on China after his controversial remarks, he praised the neighbouring country for upsmarting India in the area of renewables.
“We were leaders in solar and wind energy. Twenty five years later, countries such as China has moved much ahead because they developed new low cost technologies,” Ramesh said at a function in Delhi on Tuesday.
He gave China’s example to show how India has failed to develop its scientific temper despite being a leader in 1970s. Ramesh has visited China the most number of times among foreign nations since he became environment minister last June.
Ramesh, however, refused to reply on receiving reprimand for his remarks in Beijing on India losing China as a trusted friend because of “ill-founded” security concerns.
“I will not take any question on China. Don’t waste your time here. You can go if you want. This meeting is on green house emissions, not on China,” he said.
Last Saturday, Ramesh in Beijing had said the home ministry was “overly defensive” and “alarmist” in its approach towards entry of Chinese companies in India.