The present presentation provides some intensely personal reflections about the past, present, and future of tourism higher education, with special focus on India. The presenter highlights forces of continuity and change in the historical development of tourism education. In addition to more trivial issues such as curriculum design, instruction, and campus placements, deeper currents that manipulate the system such as authority and dogma are touched upon. Special mention is accorded to the historical factors that resulted in the current state of institution development and the future outlook. The presenter worked as a faculty member in one of the Central Universities of India teaching tourism before he migrated to the United States six years back, which gives him the unique vantage point of an ex-insider. While no grand design is offered as a panacea, it is hoped that the discussion contained here will help clarify the issues better, which is the first major step in identifying meaningful solutions.