Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

William Ascher

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India is the largest democracy in the world and is likely to supersede China with the biggest population in the near future. While India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the last decade, sustaining this rapid growth will be largely dependent upon the extent to which the country is able to meet its rising energy demand. India has been dependent upon coal for its power generation due to its relative abundance and economic sense in comparison to other resources. However, continuing to rely on coal to meet its energy needs is likely to be problematic given the already increasing shortfall between energy demand and supply in addition to issues surrounding the extraction of domestic coal. This thesis will explore these issues, evaluate the extent to which India can continue to rely on coal to meet its energy needs and identify other possible avenues through which the country can meet its rising energy demand in a more sustainable manner economically and environmentally.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.