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Eco-Theological Significance of Water : A Critique on Privatization in the Indian Socio-Economic Milieu
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Rev. T. P. Salim Thanka Kumar.
Bibliographical Details xxviii, 115 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351480666
ISBN-13 9789351480662, 978-9351480662
Year of Publication 2015.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 21.
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The book carefully unpacks the hegemonic discourses that shield the ideology of neo-colonialism deeply entrenched in the intentions of privatization of water resources. The author's sensitive and sustained critique of privatization of water unearths the pitfalls of water management in India. This intellectual work also undertakes a study on the significance of `water' in various religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism apart from Christianity. Major issues like water management, water pollution, waterborne diseases, ground water, climate change, water in relation to women and children, water in relation to dalits and tribals, privatization of water, and many more, have been dealt with, in detail.

There have been numerous research works on this subject, but the present one differs as theological critique on privatization of water being its main thirst. The biblical-theological discernment has been employed as a yardstick to make the critique stronger. This research formulates a comprehensive view of the problem enabling a critical response and making the Christian faith community realize the need to be responsible to defend water from the emerging jeopardy.

This book is grounded on a subject that needs immediate attention so as to secure the welfare of the most vulnerable communities in India. It has a prophetic vision which calls the Church, as a part of society, to respond vigorously in eradicating the evil forces of privatization of water in India. It is meant for Ecologists, Socio-Economists, Christian Laity, Church Clergies, Religious Leaders, Policymakers, Researchers and Students, alike.





1. Significance of Water in Different Religions

         1.1 Water in Hinduism

         1.2 Water in Islam

         1.3 Water in Buddhism

         1.4 Water in Sikhism

         1.5 Water in Zoroastrianism

         1.6 Water in Judaism

         1.7 Water in Christianity

2. Water-Allied Issues in India

         2.1 Water Crisis in India

         2.2 Water-Allied Issues in India

3. "Water of Life" as Cornerstone for Theological Critique on Privatization of Drinking Water in India

         3.1 Drinking Water

         3.2 Privatization

         3.3 Privatization of Water : An Overview

         3.4 Privatization of Water in India

         3.5 Theological Critique on Privatization of Water

4. Theological Reflections of Water and its Significance in the Indian Context

         4.1 Need for a Theological Reflection

         4.2 Water as a Sign and Symbol

         4.3 Indian milieu

         4.4 Groaning for Liberation

         4.5 What Can be Done?

         4.6 How Best Can We Respond to Water Issue?




Rev. T. P. Salim Thanka Kumar is a Presbyter in Church of South India in the Diocese of Kanyakumari. He hails from the village Elanchirai of Kanyakumari District. After completing his school education he has obtained his Bachelor degree in Economics from (Nesamony Memorial Christian College, Marthandam) Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. After his B.A. he obtained B.D. from the United Theological College, Bangalore in 2004 and gained the degree from the Serampore University. He has completed his M.Th. in Christian Theology at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Arasaradi, Madurai and obtained the degree from the Serampore University in 2009. He has also obtained his M.A. degree in Sociology from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli in 2012. He has joined in the pastoral ministry in 1998 and got his presbyter ordination in 2010. He is interested in applied theology and in the public theological discourse.

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