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Democracy and the Limits of Minority Rights
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Democracy and the Limits of Minority Rights



July 2002 | 236 pages | SAGE India
At the start of the 21st century, we are still debating various fundamental issues pertaining to core human values, popularly known as 'human rights'. Constituting an important contribution to the debate, the central purpose of this book is to demonstrate the essential link between human rights and democracy. Nalini Rajan maintains that human rights can flourish only in a state which promotes the democratic value of equal consideration of individual autonomy - i.e., each person's capacity to act independently.

Taking up various important issues and concepts like multiculturalism, citizenship, economic rights, and the right to a certain quality of life, Nalini Rajan argues that minority rights are not the only way to counter majoritarianism. She also advocates structural and constitutional changes to render the Indian polity more federal, particularly through devolution and local self-governance.

 
Introduction
 
Defining Human Rights
 
Why Democracy Matters
 
Freedom of Conscience or of Choice?
 
Multiculturalism and Identity Politics
 
Is There a Right Not to Work?
 
Gandhi and Ecological Imperatives
 
Towards Greater Federalism
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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ISBN: 9780761996750
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