ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Critical Cartography and India's Map Policy

Looking at maps as instruments of sovereignty and evaluating them with the tools of critical cartography, this commentary analyses the unbalanced implementation of India's National Map Policy. The policy ostensibly directs its energy towards regulating and safe-keeping of internal sovereignty.

Critical cartography is referred to as the alternative view of understanding maps through social theories. Maps were earlier understood only through the scientific positivism rationale (Crampton and Krygier 2006; Crampton 2001; Kitchin et al 2009; Kitchin et al 2013). Critical cartography, which began in the late 1980s and the 1990s, questions the motives of mapmakers and the project of mapping from different critical vantage points, thus assigning maps an identity and associated nature. The present commentary draws from the ideas of J Harley (1988, 1989) in understanding the implications of the map policy, thereby critiquing its epistemology of maps.

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