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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a big fan of yoga.
He calls it “India’s gift to the world” and recommends people make yoga as much a part of daily life as their mobile phone. After sweeping to power in 2014, Modi even appointed India’s first government minister for yoga.
But yoga is also a key asset in Modi’s push to promote and develop India’s soft power – described by Harvard academic Joseph Nye as “the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or payments”.
Read full article Narendra Modi’s yoga diplomacy, or how India is winning friends and influencing people published in the Sydney Morning Herald.