India was reminded of both the costs and the benefits that come with being a global player by the visiting US secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton, who flew into the capital from Mumbai, promised a “day of reckoning” for the terrorists responsible for 26/11, noting terror was a global and not a national concern. But she also warned of rising seas and melting glaciers if India did not cut its carbon emissions.
<b1>Clinton was in tune with Indian sentiments when she spoke of terrorism, maintaining that Pakistan “housed a syndicate of terrorism, comprising Al-Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits”. “They are connected in a way that is deeply troubling the US, India and is now troubling the entire world,” she said.
"We expect every nation to take action against terrorism. And we’re watching and hoping that it’ll occur," she added when asked if she believed Pakistan would move against the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage.
“This is not specific to one country but the expectations we have for every country, that the networking of the terrorists across the globe is a threat to all...” she said.
"Particularly in democracies like India and the US and others that are targeted for the only reason that we are living free and independent lives,” she said.
Clinton, however, made a case for letting Pakistan take action against terror on its own in an implicit endorsement of the recent Indo-Pakistan Sharm el Sheikh joint statement.
“Over the last six months, in course of working with the government of Pakistan, we believe that there is a commitment to clear terrorism by the entire government and that is what our expectation is,” she said. “We are watching it and hope (Pakistan) will make full cooperation against what is a syndicate of terrorism.”
She pointedly said of 26/11: “We are certainly watching and expecting there will be justice and those who launched the horrific attacks in Mumbai will meet their day of reckoning.”
However, Clinton used a climate change roundtable at the ITC Green House in Gurgaon to warn that India was especially vulnerable to the threat of climate change.
"Around 80 per cent of the world’s future emissions [of greenhouse gas] will come from developing countries. No one wants to stop India’s economic growth, but economic growth and reduction in emission should be compatible goals.”
It was left to Jairam Ramesh, minister for environment and forests, who was also present, to give the Indian response. “We are not running away from mitigation and adaptation of clean technologies. But we are not in a position to accept legally binding emission targets for us.”
India argues that the rich nations are responsible for the vast bulk of man-made carbon emissions in the world today and therefore should be the ones to shoulder the responsibility of reducing such emissions. Clinton admitted that the developed world had made mistakes which had contributed to climate change. “We hope that a great country (like India) will not make the same mistakes.”