ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Neither Brake Nor Accelerator

Assessing India’s Climate Contribution

What does India's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution imply for its approach to climate negotiations? And what implications does it have for domestic development choices? This article examines India's INDC through each lens, to understand the implied logic with regard to India's complex climate-development choices, and with regard to its strategic international choices. It finds that the INDC reflects, as yet, an inadequate consideration of the climate and development linkages that should inform India's actions. The contribution reflects a strategic choice to be "middle of the road," which neither disrupts the fragile diplomatic consensus nor creates pressure for more urgent global action.

The authors gratefully acknowledge assistance from Partha Mukhopadhyay, Lavanya Rajamani, Neha Joseph, Aditi Sahay, Bhanu Joshi, Kanhu Ch Pradhan, Ashok Sreenivas, Srihari Dukkipati and Ashwin Gambhir. Responsibility for all errors rests with the authors.

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