Thinking the “Indian” in Indian architecture is the subject of this chapter. The architecture of India is probably on the periphery of concerns informing other contributions to this book, yet I suggest that there are many disciplinary affinities and areas of overlapping interest between them that could profitably be mined and examined, especially in an era of globalizing professional practice.

I would like to make two prefatory comments to place my views in context. The first concerns the postcolonial perspective that informs my discussion, and the second, the need to take into account the experience of globalization at the postcolonial