This chapter deals with development issues confronting India and the world and their implications for attempts to promote plural approaches in a globalized world order. Despite the emergence of a unipolar world with the United States at the centre, nation-states such as India, Russia, and China have focused on trying to stay in the Westphalian mode. The chapter discusses the climate change convention and the World Trade Organization Agreement in relation to policies of the United States and developing countries. India has emerged as an economic power by adopting an unbalanced growth model and has approached development in recent years by promoting information and communication technology. The spirit of sacrifice implied in the Rio Agreements requires developing countries to change their approaches to industrial development, fashioned in the 1950s and 1960s. The emphasis has been on gender empowerment as a means to promote agriculture, sustainable natural resource management, and markets.
Keywords: India; climate change; World Trade Organization; United States; developing countries; development; information and communication technology; Rio Agreements; gender empowerment; markets
Chapter. 9283 words.
Subjects: Economic Development and Growth
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