Introduction: Envisioning the Future Indian Geography
Abstract:A group of scholars believe that “promoting innovation and Exciting Geography is essential component for the future success of the subject” (http://econgeog.misc.lit_u.ac.jp/icgg/statement_icgg.html). The promotion of innovativeness could not be thought of in the absence of “criticality” and thus “questioning” becomes imperative. In other words, “new” takes shape in the womb of “old”; however, questioning the old is a necessary process for the birth of new, and acceptance and promotion of the new nurtures that. Simultaneously, accepting the non-conventional or new is equally necessary (of course, a well considered demarcation of challenging the conventional would be needed in certain specific instances, e.g. the conventional signs and symbols used in the making of maps?). That is how innovation is inculcated and imbued. Both, discarding of the part of “old” that becomes redundant and accepting the “new” are acts of courage and matter of vision. Most of the works we know harp on the present taking the past as the resource. Musings on future have been overlooked by and large. Gradually, a new trend is shaping in Indian Geography—basic and critical issues which used to be the matter of informal backdoor gossips are being brought to formal discussions in the class rooms and corridors and also in academic space(s). Previously, discussing such matters was generally the privilege of the honourable “seniors” during their conversations and occasionally in their addresses. While a few appraisals by overseas’ “Indianist” geographers were creative in orientation, A.B. Mukerji (1991/2009) showed the mirror to an identity called Indian Geography which one may like to call blasphemous in terms of its content, tone and pitch. This unfolding of major lacunas “ailing” Indian Geography is worthily followed by a few other attempts (cf. Ravi Singh, ed. 2009). Criticism without alternative ideas create vacuum. Following this idiom, the present book, done by young geographers in India, is a humble step forward in this direction. The purpose of this chapter is to present an interlinking introduction to the seventeen main essays, in selfintrospectory mode of discussion, organised into five parts and the central idea of 21st century agenda of Indian Geography running across. The present chapter discusses the future vision in five main sections to follow: do way with the Yayati principle, the contextual orientation, education matters, envisioning future physical geography, and rebuilding human geography.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2009