Perceptions of National Security are changing in the modern interconnected world where all-out conventional war between nations may no longer be affordable for any nation. New non-traditional threats such as fierce competition for energy, water, food and effects of climate changes are emerging as grave threats for human societies and nations in the future.
It is in this context that PIC organised a ‘Round-Table’ to create an informed debate on this multi-dimensional subject with a view to evolve a policy advisory paper for the consideration of the Government for a long-term sustainable plan to address India’s energy security imperatives and safeguard its national security interests.
The round table was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, DG, IDSA, Delhi and the panelist included Prof Amitav Mallik, Former Member, NSAB, Gen SCN Jatar (Rtd.), President, Nagarik Chetana Manch, Prof Arun Dalvi, Director, NISDA, Prof Sanjeev Ghotge, Jt. Director, WISE, AM Bhushan Gokhale (Rtd.), Adviser to PSA & DG, DRDO
More than 80 distinguished energy experts were in attendance for the round table. Former President of India, Hon. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam addressed the final session attended by over 400 attendees, including the energy experts.
Among other things, Hon. Dr. Kalam shared his vision of a dream city. “The profile of my dream city is that it should have a population of not more than five million, it should generate its own power through green sources, it should be vibrant economy where everyone has access to clean energy, clean water, where everyone use bio fuel and a city that is full if parks and trees.”