Contemporary globalisation has led to major reconfiguration of social geography which has affected all social structures. It has generated interplay of continuity and change, with change within their continuity rather than deeper transformations being the guiding panorama.
It challenges the nation states by its supra-national forces. It is driven by international trade and finance, facilitated by communication and technology, accompanied by de-territorialisation with the space-time compression.
Ashok Tanwar narrates the saga of political domain in global times that politics of today has to deal with various issues which are dynamic. Thus focus now to be diverted towards balanced growth and need to strike equity in policy outlines which requires piecemeal change towards social engineering.
Giving the perspective from administrative point of view, S. M. Khan argues that when we perceive of quick communications, better connectivity, faster people to people contact, one can draw an inference that today living in isolation is no longer an option.
The era of globalisation is changing world politics that even smaller nations can exercise their say in big international matters. The grassroots is no more a passive recipient of policies from above, but have an active say in giving inputs.
Adding to that, Sandeep Jajodia delineates a corporate vision that the changing context of business environment provides threats as well as opportunities for the various managerial functions which asks for changes in the traditional collective approach of human resources. Seema Kaushal elaborates that Diversity is becoming the key ingredient of our global lives and workforce and the education for future has to sensitize us towards this change.
Rachna Sharma takes the debate forward by arguing for the need for a holistic perspective, where hospitality & tourism shall be the most dynamic catalyst for ever-changing tomorrow’s lifestyle based on ethos of demographic changes, climate and sustainability.
Dwelving on notion of withdrawal of state and rise of non-government agencies, Shilpa Sonal holds that private public partnerships (PPP) for non-profits is the only way to cross the threshold of red tape and beaurocratic dismissals.
Dr. Sujay Shad points to the irony inherent in this process that we are physically short of hospital beds for the local population, is it appropriate for us to tom-tom our healthcare abroad and seek rich dividends. If we are no longer a service and use the euphemism of an industry then profiteering from healthcare globalisation is unquestionably acceptable.
Archana Bahl Sapra discusses the global art realm that the opening up of the economy, all pervasive impact of information technology, melting down of barriers and ease of travel have changed the face of the land and its arts scape.
It has not only opened up the horizon but also facilitated an interface between the local and global, helping Indian art develop as an eclectic mix of the old and the new with a high level of sophistication. Vedabhyas Kundu holds that media literacy in global realm shall augur well for development of creative, communicative, semiotic, cultural nd operative skills.
Simar Suri & Supreet Gill Sidhu give their critical inputs by pointing that as India integrates itself with the global economy, the inadequacy of the legal system has become more glaring in terms of archaic laws prevalent for dynamic times.
Further, as globalisation weakens national boundaries and lures humankind with revenue and development yardstick, Cyriac Kodath gives a first person and real life experience of the movement where the fishing villages of Vizhinjam, Adimalathura and Poovar are being risked permanently in the name of supposed development. He narrates how the local forces have decided to caste a voice against uprooting by global dogmas.
Thus, in a nutshell the book meticulously presents a broad canvas in its writings. It is remarkable to see how a practitioner of a discipline makes an attempt to test its experience against the academic vision. Such a dialogue is essential to comprehend the real test and endurance of an ever-changing, perplexing phenomena & process like globalisation.