To study and review sociological and cultural heritage perspectives on the meaning of resilience from a
South Asian lens. The questions of cultural practices in-built in the everyday urbanism of Indian cities are
inextricably tied to the questions of resilience. A number of urban studies scholars, sociologists, ecologists, and
anthropologists have stressed the importance of deploying a cultural ecology perspective to better understand
urbanization, urban processes and urbanism in the Indian context (Baviskar et al 2007, Srinivas 2004, D’Souza
and Nagendra 2011). Gidwani and Baviskar (2011) as well as Nagendra and Ostrom (2014), Manjunatha and
Nagendra (2016), and Parthasarathy (2011) have engaged with the idea of urban commons in re-theorizing cities
in India from a socio-ecological perspective.