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

Publication Type:

Journal Articles


Economic and Political Weekly, Volume LI, Issue 3, p.27-33 (2016)



<p style="text-align: justify;">The creation of knowledge in the rare earths domain in India is confi ned 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 fi nal product space, India continues to be a low-cost raw material supplier to the global rare earths industry.</p>