Minerals and metals heritiage of India
Publication Type:Book Chapter
Source:XXVI International Mineral Processing Congress IMPC 2012 Souvenir, IMPC, New Delhi, p.41–51 (2012)
The minerals and metals heritage of India cover a period of over ten thousand years and extend beyond the current national boundaries of the Republic of India. Until 1500 CE the superpowers of the world were China and India. Their civilization hold on the imagination of mankind was built on their mastery of minerals and metals. With the dawn of the twenty first century, these two nations appear poised on to recaptur the earlier dominance after an interrugnum of five centuries. Witness China emerging as the world's largest steel producer with over 500 million tons per annum and India racing to become the world's second largest producer. At an iconic level, Arcelor Mittal 'Orbit' a spiral steel sculpture designed by Indian born Anish Kapoor and commissioned L N Mittal for the 2012 London Olympics seems poised to rival the Eiffel tower in the public gaze.