India’s Rare Earths Industry: A Case of Missed Opportunities

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, No. 3, Jan 16, 2016, pp. 27-33

S. Chandrashekar and Lalitha Sundaresan

EPWThe creation of knowledge in the rare earths domain in India is confined to a few government-run complexes with no major links to commercial industry. With interaction between the research community and industry non-existent, India’s position as a player in the global rare earths ecosystem is bound to be weak. Further, in the absence of a cohesive national strategy for moving the country up the value chain in rare earths into the intermediate and final product space, India continues to be a low-cost raw material supplier to the global rare earths industry.

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