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Sans Hostility

The commentary on “Rio+20: What Is at Stake” by T Jayaraman, Divya Singh Kohli and Shruti Mittal (EPW, 9 June 2012) misses one point, and that is, a country like India should think beyond its borders demarcated by land. Recently, I got an opportunity to travel around the world by ship on a study voyage from Florida to San Diego via Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Japan and Hawaii. During this voyage, what we witnessed was a busy and polluted ocean in Asia due to accelerated growth in global transport originating from there by sea. The emerging market economies should share the burden of the pollution of the ocean and take a proactive stand in the dialogue related to policies for keeping it clean. The increasing pollution of the ocean may be a greater threat to the earth than the pollution of land by the rich and poor alike. There are no poor or rich people in the ocean but the ocean provides sustenance to humankind as a whole. India should take a ­cooperative stand in Rio+20 in discus­sing the future of the oceans, rather than the usual hostile attitude towards developed countries.

Chandrashekhar G Ranade
Washington DC

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