Weaving Peace - Varanasi's Public Spaces and Intercultural Understanding

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The book explores the significance of public spaces in Varanasi, aligning with the global agenda for universal access to safe, inclusive, and green public areas. Traditional sites like 'ghats' and `kunds' play a crucial role in fostering intercultural harmony, reflecting the city's living heritage. While positive changes have been observed in the beautification of ghats post-2014, challenges persist in some of the sub-city level water bodies, i.e. the kunds- issues mainly surrounding poor water quality and inadequate maintenance. Public spaces are integral to city life, promoting a culture that strengthens the urban fabric. With infrastructure gaps and increasing commercialization affecting overall satisfaction, user experiences highlight the importance of these spaces for social connectivity, local culture, and community well-being. The author draws inspiration from the subtle intricacies of cultural exchanges and the delicate nature of intercultural dialogues. These narratives, as explored in her book, have the transformative power to either pave the way for peaceful coexistence or become the crucible of enduring conflicts. The book emphasizes the need for inclusive urbanization, sustainable practices, and preservation of heritage, extending beyond architectural landmarks.

About the Author: Dr Ankita Singh is a PhD in Public Administration and has extensive experience of working with local governments. She has worked for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. She currently serves as the Academic Director for the India Residency of the prestigious Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Program under the Fulbright Act of the United States Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. 

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (June 2024)
  • Author: Ankita Singh
  • ISBN-13: 9798892223478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 Inches

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