The political as a practice: the sadhus' art of self-fashioning

Yubraj Aryal (Author)

The University of Montreal


This paper examines the sadhus’ ways of fashioning the ‘self’ and body, creating ‘a style of existence’ by one’s relation to oneself as a model of life-style politics. The sadhu as non-sovereign subject, constitutes a new power relation in relation to himself, which Foucault calls ‘self-fashioning’ one’s own existence, marking the radical impossibility of domination and control by the coercive institutions of society and state. This paper focuses mainly on questions of life-style politics as concomitant forms of politics, rendering dominant power relations ineffective in ruling over life, as well as how the sadhus’ non-sovereign mode of life ‘becomes resistance to power when power takes life as its object’ (Deleuze 1988).

Author Biography

Yubraj Aryal, The University of Montreal
Postdoctoral Researcher


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How to Cite
Aryal, Y. (2016). The political as a practice: the sadhus’ art of self-fashioning. The South Asianist Journal, 4(2). Retrieved from