After space, India has now turned to energy as a diplomatic tool. New Delhi is taking initiative to set up energy infrastructure in its neighboring countries.
It has plans to stretch this infrastructure from Indonesia to Mauritius and stock up its petroleum products there. It will then use its fuel oil from these countries whenever necessary. IN exchange, India will provide technology and infrastructure.
Petroleum minister Dharmendra, “We are trying to use fuel for diplomatic purposes. We are not just looking to these countries to extract energy.”
India looks to making its trade partner Mauritius its petroleum hub. Infrastructure is being prepared accordingly. India’s nationalized oil agencies are already selling oil there in the retail market. Mauritius will get its own oil from the hub. And India can use Mauritius to sell its oil to African countries.
In the meantime, India has turned its back on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. This may ostracize India. After all, the OBOR project will give China at monopoly in the African market. India wants to counter this by using Mauritius to enter the market.