This book explores the multifaceted aspects of India’s energy security concerns. Bringing together a set of opinions and analysis from experts and policymakers, it sheds light on the context of India’s energy insecurity and explores its various dimensions, its nature and extent. Contributors examine the role that trade, foreign and security policy should play in enhancing India’s energy security. It is argued that the key challenge for India is to increase economic growth while at the same time keeping energy demands low. This is especially challenging with the transition from biomass to fossil fuels, the growth of motorized private transport, and rising incomes, aspirations and changing lifestyles. The book suggests that at this time there are strong arguments to lessen the fossil fuel path dependence and it argues for a need to engage with all the key sources of this dependence to implement a process of energy change.
India’s Energy Security is a timely contribution given the national and international interest in the issue of energy security and the possibility that energy concerns have the potential of becoming the cause of serious international conflicts. It will be of interest to academics and policy makers working in the field of Asian Studies, Energy Policy, International Relations and Security Studies.
Foreword Rajendra K. Pachauri Preface Ligia Noronha and Anant Sudarshan Part 1: Understanding India’s Energy Security Concerns 1. Contextualizing India’s Energy Security Anant Sudarshan and Ligia Noronha 2. India’s Energy Challenges and Choices Surya Sethi 3. Energy and Poverty in India Eshita Gupta and Anant Sudarshan Part 2: The Global Context: Trade and Geopolitics 4. Trading in World Energy Market Nitya Nanda 5. Geopolitics of West Asian and Central Asian Oil & Gas: Implications for India’s Energy Security Talmiz Ahmad 6. Natural Gas Pipelines: Geopolitics, affordability, Security Dimensions Ravi Kumar Batra 7. India-China Energy Cooperation Sudha Mahalingam 8. Security of Maritime Energy Lifelines: Policy Imperatives for India Gurpreet S. Khurana 9. Energy Security and Indian Foreign Policy C. Raja Mohan Part 3: Energy Consumption and Technology Choices 10. Lifestyles and Energy Consumption Mitali Das Gupta 11. Technology Options for India’s Energy Security: A Summary of a Modelling Exercise Pradeep K. Dadhich 12. Incentivizing Change in Energy Choices Ajay Mathur, Koshy Cherail, and Deepti Mahajan Part 4: Nuclear Energy for India – the Debate 13. Nuclear Power Growth: An Option for Sustaining Indian Energy Requirements Ravi B. Grover 14. The Many Phases of Nuclear Insecurity M.V. Ramana and J. Y. Suchitra Looking Ahead Ligia Noronha