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Sir, The editorial, "What next for the WTO?"( Sept. 16 ) beautifully brought out the loss and gain for India and other developing countries at Cancun. The WTO is a new avatar of the erstwhile GATT and its main players, the E.U. and the U.S., will exert greater pressure to impose their agenda on other developing countries.
Sir, This refers to Subramanian Swamy's article "India without a clue at Cancun" ( Sept. 11 ) in which he has expressed discontent over India's negotiating strategy and vision. At Cancun, the Government has sacrificed the national interest to further the interests of China and Brazil, especially in agriculture. We should have collaborated with the U.S. and the E.U., which would have helped us get market access for our farmers and export subsidies worth more than Rs. 50,000 crores.
Sir, Kudos to the Union Commerce Minister, Arun Jaitely, for effectively opposing the one-sided draft text. The rare unity among the developing and least-developed nations should also be lauded.
V.V. Siva Ramakrishna Rao,
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