What makes Darjeeling tea, Pashmina shawl, Monsooned Malabar Arabica coffee and Chanderi saree special? Why is it that some goods derive their uniqueness through their inherent linkage to a place? In a pioneering study, this book explores this intriguing question in the Indian context across 199 registered goods with geographical indications, linked with their place of origin. It argues that the origin of these goods is attributed to a distinctive ecology that brews in a particular place. The attributes of their origin further endorse their unique geographical indications through legal channels.
Drawing from a variety of disciplines including geography, history, sociology, handicrafts, paintings, and textiles, the author also examines the Geographical Indications Act of 1999, and shows how it has created a scope to identify, register and protect those goods, be they natural, agricultural, or manufactured. The work presents a new perspective on the indigenous diversities and offers an original understanding of the geography and history of India.
Lucid and accessible, with several illustrative maps, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers in the social sciences, environmental studies, development studies, law, trade and history.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Tables Preface: My Bond Foreward Acknowledgements: Intention and Gratitude 1. Geographical Indications: Place Matters 2. Bonding: Place Goods Made Only in India 3. Nurturing 4. Destroying 5. Resurrecting 6. Searching 7. Concerns : Place Goods Made Only in India 8. Geographical Indications: Place Gathers Annexures Bibliography
Anu Kapur is Professor of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi; Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti, New Delhi; and recipient of the prestigious Amartya Sen Award in Social Sciences. She has authored books including Paradise in Peril: An Ecological Profile of the Kashmir Valley (1995), Indian Geography: A Future with a Difference (1998), Voice of Concern: Indian Geography (2002), On Disasters in India (2009) and Vulnerable India: A Geographical Study of Disasters (2010).