East and West coming Close Together: Towards Reconciliation
Abstract:The imperialistic impact and the West-created image have resulted into projection of east as mystic and underdeveloped culture. Kipling's narration of antipodal projection needs correction on the line of common grounds and vision of diversified nature. The ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ debate has further kept them disparate. Edward Said's orientalism has made its impact to re-construction and re-think such jingoistic images, however this book has also created confusion at several places mainly due to lack of geographical sensitivity. Between Hinduism and Christianity there is a strong similarity with reference to creation myth and evolutionary gross elements. On the line of New Age movement and ecological cosmology both, the East and the West, are coming together friendly. This turn of human spirit ultimately helps to promote global brotherhood where the mind will be free and people will be happy and live peacefully. Geography will be enriched by this shift.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2009
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