"Nichts mehr davon, ich bitt euch. Zu essen gebt ihm, zu wohnen.
Habt ihr die Blöße bedeckt, gibt sich die Würde von selbst."
Friedrich Schiller
  May 2008 FOOD

India Calls the Latest WTO Text "Totally Unacceptable"

In a move which reflects the fact that India has joined with Russia and China in resisting the British, India on May 20 said that the new WTO text ignoring livelihood concerns in agriculture is "totally unacceptable" and that the country will thwart rich nations' efforts to "divide and rule" (the quintessential British method) growing countries on the issue of tariff cuts on industrial products under the Doha trade talks. India is upset that the new proposals, released by chairman of the negotiating group on agriculture Crawford Falconer, have set a limit on a safeguard mechanism for protecting its small and marginal farmers.

India's Commerce Secretary G.K.Pillai said he felt let down, as the revised texts on agriculture and industrial goods, released on May 19 will not allow the developing countries to shield their farmers and industries from cheap imports if an agreement is signed on the lines of these proposals.