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Human Rights must be guaranteed but it should not be the only consideration

11/04/2017

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A couple of weeks back, I was invited to speak at Suaram’s new office.  Suaram is an NGO that champion human rights for many years.

In my endeavour along the similar struggles, I am inclined to say that it is impossible and impractical to achieve complete human rights in any country, organisation or a family. It doesnt makes sense though I have profound conviction in defending it.  There must be a balance.

A politician once said:

“Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man”.

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