About the Book:
The promise of the book is that this is not so and that –
what is more – there is a need to stern the deluge of ideas about human
rights with a broad stocktaking intervention that both reassesses the stock
of the debate and makes a series of evaluative arguments about which ideas have
greater or lesser value.
The book neither claims nor sought to provide a central guide
to the human rights literature but it does confine its critical engagement to
identification of potential strengths and weaknesses with concepts and thinkers.
As it is appropriate for those kinds of texts, it does not adopt a certain overarching
position nor develop an overarching argument.
The book guides the reader through the key arguments of leading
thinkers, explaining their place in the wider human rights debate and evaluating
their critical reception. The book ends with a concluding chapter that examines
how thinking about human rights in likely to develop in future.
Preface / Introduction / What are Human Rights? / Theory of
Human Rights: Philosophy and Politics / Human Rights in Ancient Indian Tradition
/ Human Rights in the Western Tradition / Human Rights Movement in Contemporary
India / Human Rights and Democracy / Human Rights and Welfare /
Violation of Human Rights / Conclusion / Documents / Bibliography / Index
About the Authors:
Prof. B. N. Ray, Senior Professor and Director, Research, in
KISS University, Bhubaneswar. He has been a Fellow at the University of Toronto,
Canada. Prior to that he has taught more than four decades in University of
Delhi and Pondicherry University.
Dr. Rajakishor Mahana Head of the Department of Anthropology
and Coordinator of the Department of Tribal Legal Studies and Tribal Rights
at KISS University, Bhubaneswar. Research articles have been published in national
and international journals and edited books. His recent articles are published
in Poverty & Inequality in Middle Income Countries (Zed Books) Transforming
Gender and Food Security in the Global South (Routledge) and Swaraj and the
Reluctant state (Aakar Books).