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Governance and Human Rights

Bharat Jhunjhunwala (Editor)
Synopsis The papers presented in this book explain the Indian approach to Governance and Human Rights. Little literature is presently available which can explain the system of governance which enabled the Indian civilisation to survive for 5,000 years. This book makes a path-breaking contribution in the direction. It shows that there were many methods of checking the excesses of the government. One among such measures was people's resistance which has been formally established in the form of adult franchise or democracy. It is shown that this is but one small subset of the total system of governance of the Indian civilisation. A plea is made to understand and incorporate of governance into the modern democratic structure. The movement for the protection of human rights has come to the fore after the perpetration of great atrocities upon the Jews by the Nazis during the Second World War. But such violations would have occurred throughout history. The second part of the book deals with the Indian approach to human rights. It is shown that performance of duties by one secures the rights of others. The focus on rights detracts individuals from performing their duties. A plea is made for greater stress on duties than rights.
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About the author

Bharat Jhunjhunwala

Bharat Jhunjhunwala was born in family having interests in sugar, paper and electronic industries. He acquired his Doctoral Degree in economics from University of Florida at the age of 23. He joined Institute of Management, Bangalore as an Assistant Professor. While teaching he lived in a slum for two years to understand the meaning of poverty directly. He organized the trade union at IIM during the Emergency. He has undertaken extensive studies of economic Thought of ancient India. His published books include Varna Vyavastha: Governance through Caste System, Welfare State and Globalization: A Critique of Amartya Sen and Governance and Human Rights (edited) and Indian approach to Women’s Empowerment. He writes on weekly column on Political economy which is published in about 40 papers in ten languages in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Governance and Human Rights
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178351242
length 260p., Notes; References; Index; 23cm.