New Delhi, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said India is no more a back bencher but at the forefront of environmental dialogue at the international arena. Mr Javadekar will be attending ministerial conference of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) and BASIC countries in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
BASIC countries are bloc (geopolitical alliance) of four large newly industrialized countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China. Before leaving for Brazil, Mr Javadekar said India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is no more a back-bencher but is at the forefront of environmental dialogue at the international arena.
‘When I went to Paris, the people were suspicious whether BASIC will remain intact or not. But we remained not only intact, but a force to reckon with in final negotiations, this time also we will review the status after Paris and what is the stand we need to take in UN session as well as next stop in Chile’, said the Environment Minister.