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In a City Like Delhi

Jeffrey Kenworthy, Dora Marinova, Yamini Narayanan
2006 PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies  
The link between spirituality and sustainability has long been recognised as essential to the way humans perceive and relate to one another, and to nature. In more recent debates, concerns about the limited supply of natural resources and preserving the physical environment for future generations have been juxtaposed to ever-increasing consumption and dependence on economic growth. This has generated calls for spiritual solutions that can help curb consumerism and resurrect compassion for
more » ... ompassion for nature, humans and other living beings. This paper examines the link between spirituality and sustainability in a case study of urban communities within a megacity of a developing country. It argues that well articulated spiritual approaches to community development in such a city would make for more sustainable urban communities. The paper uses women's roles and positions within this framework, as key indicators of community success. The case study used is that of communities in Delhi, from the perspective of women. It is based on recent interviews with 20 women in the capital city of India-an ancient country that is heading towards becoming the most populous nation and experiencing fast rates of economic development within a competitive globalised world resulting in an urban environment that is contributing to huge environmental and social challenges. The paper asks what could a spiritual focus contribute to a more sustainable future for Delhi. The paper answers this question by exploring the links between spirituality and sustainability and argues for incorporating spiritual approaches to sustainable
doi:10.5130/portal.v3i1.125 fatcat:ocawxa2v7vg47py7hkryf3mqbe