Human Rights: India and the West by Ashwani PeetushHuman Rights: India and the West by Ashwani Peetush

Human Rights: India and the West

EditorAshwani Peetush, Jay Drydyk

Hardcover | May 27, 2015

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The idea of human rights has raised both hope and concern. The hope is for universality, that every person matters, and matters equally, and therefore that everyone has equal rights. The concern is that human rights are a Trojan horse concealing implicit attacks on non-Western cultures andvalues. Even though a delegate from India was included in the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Western thinking was regarded as the paradigm, and only a minority of the countries that now exist voted on the Declaration in 1948. An important contribution to resolving this conflict can be made by exploring the insights and rich resources offered for an intercultural understanding of human rights that come from India. This volume offers pioneering essays that approach the question from theoretical, social, legal and political perspectives, contributing to a global understanding of human rights. The contributors develop new methodologies for examining what all may learnaincluding the Westafrom Indian articulationsof human rights.
Ashwani Peetush is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Jay Drydyk is Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University, Ottawa.
Title:Human Rights: India and the WestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.17 inPublished:May 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsNote on Transliteration and Diacritical MarksIntroductionPART I THEORETICAL ISSUES1. Sonia Sikka: Rights and Relativity2. Nigel DeSouza: Ethical Naturalism and Human Rights3. Jay Drydyk: Two Concepts of Overlapping Consensus4. Sumi Madhok: Developmentalism, Human Rights, and Gender Politics: From a Politics of Origins to a Politics of MeaningsPART II NORMATIVE SOURCES AND INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS5. Shashi Motilal: Human Moral Obligations, Dharma, and Human Rights6. Gordon Davis: Autonomy and Human Rights in Ancient and Modern Indian Buddhism7. Shyam Ranganathan: Human Rights, Indian Philosophy, and PataA+-jali8. Ashwani Peetush: Human Rights, Justice and Political Toleration in India: Multiplicity, Self, and InterconnectednessPART III SOCIAL PRACTICES AND APPLIED CONTEXTS9. Bindu Puri: The Rights of Man: A Gandhian Intervention10. Gopika Solanki: Invoking Human Rights: Dalits and the Politics of Caste Violence in Gujarat11. Amar Khoday: The State as Religious Gatekeeper: Human Rights, Resistance, and Indian Anti-Conversion Laws12. Niraja Gopal Jayal: The Rights to Have Rights: Taking Hannah Arendt to IndiaIndexNotes on Editors and Contributors