human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed
with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of
Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The most basic right is human rights. Rights and Freedom to which all humans
are entitled; asserting that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements merely
by definition of being ‘human’. Conceived in a universal and egalitarian
manner, these entitlements exist as shared norms and actual human moralities,
as justified moral norms or natural rights; supported by strong reasoning.
Human Rights also include legal rights either at national level or within international
law. There is, however no consensus as to the precise nature of what in particular
should be or shouldn’t be considered as ‘Human Rights’, in
any of the preceding sense. This abstract concept of human rights has been a
subject of intense philosophical debate and critique.
modern concepts associated with ‘Human Rights’ came in the aftermath
of the Second World War, a part response to the Holocaust. It culminated in
the adoption of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ by the
UN General Assembly in 1948. Relatively modern, the intellectual foundations
of this concept can be traced through the history of philosophy, the concept
of natural laws, liberties dating back to Classical Greece leading towards the
development of Roman law.
A true forerunner of human rights discourse was the enlightenment concept of
natural rights developed by figures such as John Locke, Immanuel Kant the through
the political realm in United States Bill of Rights, Declaration of the Rights
of Man and the Citizen. In India, we can trace it back to Arthshastra and now
in the Constitution of India that provides for Fundamental rights.
Human Rights are constitutionally protected even in countries as such complex
demographic diversity riddled with discriminations-like India. Although human
rights problems do exist in India, the country is generally not regarded as
a human rights concern, unlike other eastern countries. Based on these considerations,
the report gave India a political rights rating of 2, and a civil liberties
rating of 3, earning it the highest possible rating of ‘FREE’
But this is a question for all of you Indians or observers and well wishers
of India. It’s been 60+ years post independence. Do you think India has
upheld human rights? Have these rights been respected across all caste, creed
and communities by our country’s leaders?
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