The MGNREGA, the flagship rural employment scheme of the Government of India, was launched in February 2006. It is perhaps the largest and most ambitious social security and public works programme in the world. Six years after its implementation, the basic principles and high potential of the MGNREGA are well established.

At the United Nations meeting on climate change at Cancun in December 2010, India was confident in its actions and steadfast in its resolve. Contrary to the view expressed by some commentators, a new positive India emerged from Cancun.