ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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In a Hurry

Why is India so eager to reactivate and conclude a dormant Doha Round that has little to offer the country?

Returning from the G-20 meeting in Seoul, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters how happy he was with the outcome reached at the summit. The Seoul Action Plan, the prime minister said, comprehensively addressed some burning economic, trade, climate and even social problems. Manmohan Singh suggested that his plenary statement helped evolve an impact on consensus on divisive issues in global finance and trade, including his call that now was the time to wrap up the comatose Doha Development Round.

It is difficult to believe that it was only two years ago that India was projected as the villain of the Doha Round when it refused, in July 2008, to give up on adequate protection for agricultural imports, though it was the United States and its intransigent stand on a range of issues revolving around the modalities of subsidy and tariff reduction commitments in farm products that put paid to that meeting.

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