Monday, December 21, 2009

An Unfortunate Low Blow ...

... against Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Clicking on the title will link to an article from The Sunday Telegraph, generally considered one of the better UK newspapers. Please also have a look at the following blog post and the disturbing comments that follow:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100020261/climategate-monckton-kebabs-pachauri/

It is revealing that the main article doesn't name its authors. As a resident Indian professional, quite familiar with the business and philanthropy related dealings of India's Tata Group as are probably millions of Indians, I feel compelled to indicate the following:

1) The Tata Group is reputed for its philanthropy and integrity and has financed other similar institutions (to TERI) including the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, one of India's better institutes carrying out scientific research. There has never been any allegation of the independence of these institutions being compromised by the Tata Group's for profit businesses. Questioning Dr Pachauri's integrity based on the Tata Group's businesses is more than a little rich.

2) The article makes no mention of Dr. Pachauri publicly (the launch of the product was internationally publicised) taking on the Tata Group on the question of the environmental impact of the Tata Nano (the world's most inexpensive car)

3) Why is TERI criticised for activities that you would expect an entity, among whose functions is promoting more environmentally conscious practices, to do?

4) At no point does the article in the Sunday Telegraph lay out a money trail or indicate how Dr. Pachauri has personally benefited improperly from any of the Tata Group's or TERI's activities.

Would be gratifying to see the UN and the Tata Group take the necessary legal action against this type of thing wouldn't it?

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