We all know that US President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark Paris climate agreement recently. He directly unloaded on India and other countries while he announced his withdrawal, saying that the accord signed under his predecessor President Barack Obama gives other countries an unfair advantage. But our Prime Minister Narendra Modi had something different to say.
PM Modi was adamant about the commitment they made of a cleaner India, and said that they will not backtrack from the commitment. Even though, he didn’t say anything directly, PM Modi thrashed Trump’s withdrawal in the most sensible manner. He said –
‘Paris or no Paris, it is our conviction that we have no right to snatch from our future generation their right to have a clean and beautiful earth…We should leave to the new generation an earth that is beautiful and clean.’
At the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Modi was asked about which side of the debate does he stand, and he opted to stay neutral, saying that the side doesn’t matter and that the subject actually is of our future generations. He said –
‘I don’t think I should go this side or that. This subject is of future generations and I would go towards future generations. It is part of our thinking and for that reason, we do not believe in exploitation of nature. We people do not have the right to take more than necessary from nature.’
PM Modi quoted from 5000-year-old Vedas to say in a simple way about the dream of ‘new India’. Many said that Trump’s withdrawal might change the schedule of PM Modi’s US visit to meet President Trump, but reports are suggesting that the visit is still on, and that he is expected to meet President Trump for the first time somewhere around June 26-27.