Kevin Carmichael's Observer: If India is serious about food security, it will fight smog, not the WTO of danger
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the World Trade Organization in July when he reversed the previous government's decision to back the Bali agreement on trade facilitation. Modi, the free-market reformer, blithely torpedoed the only consensus the WTO had managed to achieve in more than a decade of negotiations under the Doha Round. He did so, he said, because Bali would undermine India’s ability to stockpile grain to feed its poorest people. “Do we choose feeding our people or getting good press world-wide?” Modi said in August. The more the world gets to know Modi, the easier it becomes to explain why he did what he did on Bali.