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That All May FlourishComparative Religious Environmental Ethics$
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Laura Hartman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190456023.001.0001

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Yoga Bodies and Bodies of Water

Yoga Bodies and Bodies of Water

Solutions for Climate Change in India?

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(p.124) (p.125) 7 Yoga Bodies and Bodies of Water
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That All May Flourish
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Christopher Patrick Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190456023.003.0008

This chapter analyzes the confluence of environmental politics, biopolitics, and the cultural role of yoga in India. It begins with an overview of India’s current economic development challenges and shows how the country’s current prime minister has subsumed both yoga bodies and water bodies into biopolitical discourse to support a neoliberal economic boom that will contribute to the proliferation of anthropogenic climate change. The chapter then argues that alternative forms of yoga aimed at nurturing intimacy between the human body and the natural world are helping to prevent unnecessary climate-change-producing development activities in India, including the river-linking project and other massive hydroelectric projects that threaten India’s riparian environments.

Keywords:   Yoga and ecology, Yoga and politics, environmental ethics, climate change, river linking, India, Narendra Modi, neoliberalism, Christopher Miller

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