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Discourse on Rights in India: Debates and Dilemma

Nanda, Bijayalaxmi (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India)
Ray, Nupur (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi)

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Publication date:
30 October 2018

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This book is a compelling examination of the theoretical discourse on rights and its relationship with ideas, institutions and practices in the Indian context. By engaging with the crucial categories of class, caste, gender, region and religion, it draws attention to the contradictions and contestations in the arena of rights and entitlements. The essays by eminent experts provide deep and nuanced insights on the intersecting issues and concerns of individual and group identities as well as their connection with the State along with its multifarious institutions and practices. The volume not only engages with the dilemmas emerging out of the rights discourse, but also sets out to recognize the significance of a shared commitment to a rights-based framework towards the promotion of justice and democracy in society. The book will be useful to academics, social scientists, researchers and policymakers. It will be of special interest to teachers and students in the fields of politics, development studies, philosophy, ethics, sociology, gender/women's studies and social movements.

Table of contents: 

Contributors Preface Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction: Discourse on Rights in India: Debates and Dilemmas Bijayalaxmi Nanda and Nupur Ray Part I: Theorizing Rights: Diversity and Difference Chapter 1 Dimensions of Power and Social Transformation Manoranjan Mohanty Chapter 2 Constitutionalizing Rights, Negotiating Difference: The Indian Experiment Ashok Acharya Chapter 3 Gender, Rights and the Justice Gap: Going Beyond the Politics of Difference Vidhu Verma Chapter 4 Law, Rights and Politics: Dilemmas and Responses Anita Tagore Chapter 5 Human Rights, Climate Change and Climate Justice Brooke Ackerly Chapter 6 What can Human Rights add to the Fight against Corruption? Some Lessons from India Mitu Sengupta Part II: Gender, Religion, Family, Work, Caste and Community: Issues and Contestations Chapter 7 Sex-Selective Abortion and Reproductive Rights: A Syncretic Feminist Approach Bijayalaxmi Nanda Chapter 8 Bodily Rights and Agency: Looking at the Rights Discourse of Women in Prostitution Nupur Ray Chapter 9 Women in Politics and the Subject of Representations Mary E. John Chapter 10 The Triple Talaq Controversy: Gender Concerns and Minority Safeguards Flavia Agnes Chapter 11 Women and Disability: Issues of Care Anita Ghai Part III: The `Myth' of Conflicting Rights: A Critique of the Indian State Chapter 12 India's Education Policy and Failures of Empathy Harsh Mander Chapter 13 The `Right' Music: Caste and `Classical' Music in South India Krishna Menon Chapter 14 The Trajectories of Work, Sexuality and Citizenship: The Rights of the Transgender in India Skylab Sahu Chapter 15 People and the Terrains: PESA Reconsidered Ajay Dandekar Chapter 16 Dilemmas in Kashmir: A Human Rights Perspective Simple Mohanty Beyond Conclusions: Discourse on Rights in India: A Case for Reflective Autonomy Bijayalaxmi Nanda and Nupur Ray Index


Bijayalaxmi Nanda is Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. Her areas of specialisation include political theory, feminist politics and human rights. She has been conferred the Teacher's Excellence Award (2017) by the University of Delhi. She is actively involved with campaigns for the rights of girl child and women in India for past two decades. Her publications include Sex-Selective Abortion and the State: Politics, Laws and Institutions in India (2018), Human Rights, Gender and Environment (co-authored, 2007), and Understanding Social Inequality: Concerns of Human Rights, Gender and Environment (co-edited, 2010). She has also contributed chapters to edited volumes, and has written extensively on issues of gender discrimination, girl-child rights, health and education policies, human development and human rights. Nupur Ray is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi, India. Her areas of interest include political philosophy, feminist politics and political theory. She is associated with campaigns to counter violence against women in India. She has written extensively on the rights discourse and has published `Exploring Empowerment and Agency in Ronald Dworkin's Theory of Rights: A Study of Women's Abortion Rights in India' in the Indian Journal of Gender Studies (2014). She has contributed chapters to edited volumes and presented papers at various national and international conferences.




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