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‘India’, ‘Indianness’ and Geography in/of India: Cultural domain & Common Grounds for the 21st Century

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India is a vast mosaic of cultural diversities; therefore question of identity becomes an issue of critical appraisal and re-assessment in this century. Should we call all the products Indian only because it got produced in India? This basic question is examined here, illustrating with the contextual debates in sister disciplines taking into account the present scenario. The origin of geography in India has a strong impinge, resulting to promote gazetteer-type of geography. This promoted the mindset for copying, testing and adapting the western models and techniques without reasoning and ethical modes, leaving spirit of Indian culture at the margin. At least some Indian historians have already examined and illustrated this concern. Ecopsychological perspective is suggested as way in making a great transformation in the 21st century. Challenges are before us to be ready for response and adaptation to change.

Keywords: cultural context; diabolical debate; ecopsychology; identity; sacrality; spirit of place; vision

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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