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India and Doha

The leader on the WTO negotiations (‘Contravening the Doha Mandate’, April 12) is correct, clear and specific. It is also timely. A major thrust has been launched in the WTO at the initiative of its director-general, the United States and the European Union, probably supported by Brazil. India is caught in the web, mostly of its own creation.

The risk is that the new momentum in the WTO may lead to India losing a lot on its current GATT/WTO rights without getting much in return. And it may have serious consequences for its short-, mediumand long-term prospects in agriculture and industry. It is a pity that the airing of such concerns by civil society and the press has ebbed lately in the wave of issues like the India-US nuclear deal and the price rise. Hence it is timely that the EPW has issued such a thoughtful signal of warning on the WTO negotiations.

Bhagirath Lal Das

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