Identities and Boundaries | Geeta Wahi Dua
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While India has many cultural roots of its own, it can be send to have not simply one, but multiple identities to define it depending on the geographical and cultural context. However, more often than not, our designs do not resonate with our traditional undercurrent in that the subtleties of our culture and the forces of nature are not brought together in perfect sync.

Knowledge and ideas must be place, time and context specific and while we may borrow from, we must not replicate the designs of the West and East for they too are subjective to their context. The objective factors may blur the boundaries of design, but it is the subjective factors that render each design definitive and unique.
Times change. So do we. Therefore, there are no absolute truths. Every truth is half, made complete with its value in a particular time, specific place and context. Change is the only constant. Travel light.

This profound fact of life can actually guide us professionals in resolving many mental conflicts, ideas regarding identity and self and our role in the larger frame of society. One realizes that many of our pre-conceived notions, perceptions and attitudes which we have stayed with for so long are now outdated and irrelevant. World views need to be updated in every new cultural era, and at every new place and in every new context. Wisdom lies in the understanding of which components will change and which values and principles or which part of the truth is constant.

Western versus Oriental

In the past, there have been erudite deliberations by experts, thinkers, designers and policy makers on the idea of identity. In recent times, the idea of Nationalism has again caught a larger imagination with people and political leaders. Many political parties in India are taking pride in the ancient tradition of the Vedas and crediting classic epics as the supreme source of applied science, much before Western civilizations invented it. There are debates and discussions about separate identity of each State.


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