Extractive Regimes in the Coal Heartlands of India:Difficult Questions for a Just Energy Transition

Chhotray, Vasudha (2022) Extractive Regimes in the Coal Heartlands of India:Difficult Questions for a Just Energy Transition. In: Climate Justice in India. Cambridge University Press, pp. 74-97. ISBN 9781009171915

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Abstract

Despite the universal consensus about phasing out of coal-based energy sources, India continues to pursue a high-carbon pathway. India still has significant coal infrastructure and the coal industry is linked to the livelihoods of millions of people. Questions around climate justice are particularly complex in the heartlands of coal production (Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh) in India, where some of the poorest indigenous people live. Coal extraction has historically produced injustices ranging from dispossession of land and forest commons to dissatisfactory compensation. To complicate matters further, coal extraction is intertwined with the local economy producing exploitative dependencies. This paper contends that any question of a future just transition away from coal is tied into the past and present just extraction of coal in regions that have been historically coal-producing. It argues that there are nested "extractive regimes", both nationally and in these states, which have politically structured the ambit of imagination and dialogue around extraction, and will continue to play a part into the future by throwing up the spaces that can be mobilised to steer transformations.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/affordable_and_clean_energy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 23:40
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2022 11:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80358
DOI: 10.1017/9781009171908.005

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