Last week, Trump once again proved he was the world’s biggest greenhorn gasser. While the planet is crying to go green, Trumperica is determined to turn into a fiery orange. Maybe he believes CO2 to be a variant of Mexicans or Islamic immigrants, kept at bay by a wall or travel ban. The US Prez pulled out of the accord, so it’s ironic that it was the American ex-pat Rick who had delivered the iconic line from Casablanca: “We’ll always have Paris.” Instead, Trump’s patented attitude is summed up in another cinematic meme: Rhett Butler’s “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
What’s bad for the environment is good for geopolitics, and the melting of the White House has resulted in the rising image levels of other global leaders. The fall-out of Trump’s pull-out was a possible seismic shift in global leadership. Now, Germany and France could help the EU fill the nozone hole left by America, while China would find it easier to become the solar, or ‘soler’, superpower. It’s called turning threat into opportunity in SWOT; no relation to what Melania virally did to Trump’s proffered hand.
Our own PM, the right man in the right place at the right time, bestowed our ancient wisdom on a less enlightened world. In Paris at the time of Trump’s accord wapsi, he told a global audience about nature being a ‘sanjhi virasat’, shared heritage, which our scriptures enjoin us to hold in trusteeship for GenNext. He then proceeded to hold young Emanuel in an avuncular photo-op with all the fervour of a ‘Chipko’ee hugging a tree. It was a cameo which swelled every patriotic Indian’s chest to 56 inches, a gift, as it were, of a Hindutva-sanctified chhappan bhog.
Only mean, sickular, anti-nationals would do their usual griping. Only pseudo-liberals would point out that our great leader should also bring about a change in the climate of bullying, hostility and fear that they say is heating up our own social atmosphere. That unless these reckless emissions – and their emitters – are drastically cut down, little will be left of India’s long shared heritage. But it’s true, no? How can there be sab ka vikas without respecting sab ka virasat?
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Alec Smart: “ISRO’s having a blast. Absolutely nothing to cry-ogenic about.”
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.