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Why Energy Will Determine India's Future

Apr 8, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Indian workers adjust electricity cables ahead of the Kumbh Mela festival on Dec. 26, 2015.
Indian workers adjust electricity cables ahead of the Kumbh Mela festival on Dec. 26, 2015.
(SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

As India seeks to join the ranks of great powers in the 21st century, energy will play a critical role in its ascent. The country's fast-growing economy and young, urbanizing population will place tremendous stress on its inadequate energy infrastructure as demand for energy resources continues to rise. Meanwhile, the gridlock in parliament that has so far stifled Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to pass key pieces of legislation will impede his attempts to reform the energy sector as well. In the end, India's demographic dividend has the potential to ensure a bright and prosperous future for the world's largest democracy -- but only if the lights stay on. ...

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