India's Climate Change Identity

Between Reality and Perception

  • Samir Saran
  • Aled Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Identity and Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Samir Saran, Aled Jones
      Pages 3-13
    3. Samir Saran, Aled Jones
      Pages 15-41
  3. Uncovering Indian Climate Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Samir Saran, Aled Jones
      Pages 45-64
    3. Samir Saran, Aled Jones
      Pages 65-98
    4. Samir Saran, Aled Jones
      Pages 99-108
  4. The Modi Factor and India’s Future Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Samir Saran, Aled Jones
      Pages 111-128
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 129-144

About this book


This book presents a new and innovative approach to understanding the dynamics of international climate change negotiations using India as a focal point. The authors consider India’s negotiating position at multilateral climate negotiations and its focus on the notion of ‘equity’ and its new avatar ‘climate justice’. This book delves into the media’s representation of India as a rural economy, a rising industrial power, a developing country, a member of the 5 emerging economies (BRICS), and a country with severe resource security issues, in order to examine the diverse and at time divergent narratives on India’s national identity in the context of policy formulation. Those researching such diverse fields as international development, politics, economics, climate change, and international law will find this book offers useful insights into the motivations and drivers of a nation’s response to climate change imperatives.

Samir Saran is Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation, India. He is honorary Director of the centre for peace and conflict studies at the Sardar Patel Police University (SPUP) and faculty at a number of other schools and programs. His research interests include: the representation of Islam and mediation of radicalism, climate change, internet governance and cyber security, and the emergence of BRICS in the international order.

Aled Jones is Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. His research focusses on the finance sector and government and how they will respond to the impacts of global resource trends and climate change.


Climate Change National Identity Environmental Policy Environmental Communication COP21 Policy Negotiations climate change politics environmental politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Samir Saran
    • 1
  • Aled Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Observer Research Foundation New DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Global Sustainability InstituteAnglia Ruskin University Global Sustainability InstituteCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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