India must chose to be champion or villain for climate and development

Kumi Naidoo: Narendra Modi’s slogan for India is ‘development for everyone’ but will this development be based on coal or people-centred clean energy?

Sabka saath, sabka vikas: development for everyone. That was the campaign slogan of India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi during the recent elections.

In about two months, Modi will join other business and political leaders in New York to pledge what they will do to battle climate change. India is a climate lynchpin, as it has historically argued that southern countries cannot take action on climate change because they need to develop first. But countries like India can and should develop and tackle climate change at the same time.

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