The present volume examines the case for broadening the scope of security by breaking the rigidity brought about by traditional forms of dominant state-centric and military-based security concepts and their determining matrices. The main thrust of this study is on three very critical areas, viz., (i) environmental security, (ii) food security, and (iii) energy security. It deals with how gains from effective management of human security parameters get translated into enhanced security both at the macro and micro levels. In doing so, the study endeavors to unfurl a new framework of concerns, complexities and constituents of human and national security linkage. This enhances the possibility of arriving at a collective and comprehensive notion of security on a national and sub-national basis, away from state-centric and threat perception-dominated determinants of security. This book should help experts and scholars of security issues understand new dimensions of national security and should this happen the book will have made a major contribution in the study of security issues.
Mahendra P. Lama is Vice Chancellor of the Central University in Sikkim, India. He is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, India-China Fellow at the New School University, USA. Prof. Lama had been Chairman, Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asia and South West Pacific Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, a Ford Foundation Fellow at Notre Dame University, USA, and a Visiting Professor in Hitotsubashi University, Japan. He also held the post of Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of Sikkim with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He has written and edited several books and scholarly articles and some of this works have been translated into