Modi "must persuade" US president Donald Trump to reconsider America's negative stance on Paris Agreement

Mahesh Pandya of NGO Paryavaran Mitra, Ahmedabad, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to pursue President Donald Trump to reconsider America’s stand on Paris Agreement during his forthcoming visit to the US. Text:
Paryavaran Mitra is a Gujarat-based voluntary organization working on socio-environmental issues since 1997. Our organization is active in bringing awareness in matter of environment and climate change issues and imparting education for the same.
At the outset I wish to congratulate you and wish you a successful mission on your forthcoming tour of America. In particular I appreciate your bold decision to accept the invitation of President Donald Trump despite his severe criticism of India and China while pulling out of Climate Change commitments. The whole world has condemned the unwisely step of Mr. Trump. Your visit is seen beneficial to both the larger democracies of the world in solving many bilateral and international issues including terrorism.
I was happier to note the response that you and the foreign minister gave about India’s role in protecting the environment, in the backdrop of President Mr Trump’s decision. I myself have witness your stand in COP21 in which you made it very clear to the world at number of occasions India’s concern and commitment towards environment and climate citing examples of Vedas and its deep religious affinity to the natural world. Moreover you have expressed India’s firm resolve to continue working... above and beyond the Paris accord."
As you know, in view of Trump’s backing out, the leadership has fallen on nations like India, China, France Germany, Brazil and England. Not only that, he also named India and China among key reasons for his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Mr Trump has said that “India would get billions of dollars for meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement and it along with Beijing would double its coal-fired power plants in the years to come, gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”
You are one of the few political leaders, besides Al Gore, to write a book on climate change which shows your concern, knowledge and commitment towards the global challenge of climate change. The world looks with high hopes from you to perform the leadership role and provide guidance.
At the onset of your visit, I take this opportunity to place two requests before you:
  1. You may please realize Trump and the whole world that India is most concerned and committed towards climate change control and without anyone’s aid India will abide by its commitments and responsibilities. 
  2. My second request to you is to use your good office in perusing President Trump to reconsider America’s stand of pulling out of the agreement by withdrawing his decision.

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