Panaji: Even as India readies to host BRICS summit in October, Shakti Sinha, a former bureaucrat, today cast doubts on whether the grouping will lead the global way in the backdrop of tension between India and China.
"While many talk about the success of BRICS, it is a fact that it has not been able to resolve the tension between two of its countries -- India and China.
This (tension) still exists, even though it has managed to bring both the countries on a common platform," Sinha, who Joint Secretary in thePMO in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said.
He was speaking at a seminar on 'BRICS-upon-BRICS for a stronger BRICS � Challenges and Opportunities'. Sinha, who took voluntary retirement, said despite its failure to broker peace between China and India, BRICS,
along with G-7, needs to be looked at "as a strong substance orcomponent of emerging G-20 which will navigate the world". He said BRICS plays a pivotal role as "no country can alone respond to impacts of globalisation".