ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Energy- Identities, False and True

INDIRA GANDHl's remarks at the Nairobi Energy Conference have been flatteringly described as a "frontal attack on the rich nations". In her speech the Indian Prime Minister had said that "monopoly over the energy potential by the affluent is depriving the poor, arresting their growth". What then is the solution? According to a report of the Prime Minister's speech, she "made it clear that industrialised nations should in their own interest try for an equitable distribution of energy. She pointed out that industrialised countries wanted to sell their goods to developing countries. But how could they do that if the developing countries did not prospect"? She also made a fraternal appeal to the West: "We, the developed, the developing and the underdeveloped are in the same predicament, for better or for worse." This is simply not the case. In fact the essence of the situation is that the developed and the underdeveloped are not in the some predicament. The developed countries of the West compete directly with us for scarce resources in energy; they pass on their higher costs of energy through exports; they determine and distort even our understanding of our own priorities; they are moving fast to control future energy technologies.

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