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Rajasthan University to organize debate competition on Indian Constitution as guardian of human rights
University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is organizing an Inter-University National Debate Competition on the topic "Is Indian Constitution the Guardian of Human Rights?' on March 29. The competition, sponsored by National Human Rights commission, is being organized by Nehru Studies Centre & Department of Political Science of the university.

According to the Contact person and the Convener of the debate, Dr. Rajesh K Shanna, the debate will provide critical view of the Indian constitution vis-a-vis human rights declared by the United Nations. Some of the bills passed by the Indian Parliament were driven by the human rights-based agenda.

The Protection Of Human Rights Act of 1993 was enacted to provide for the constitution of a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), State Human Rights Commission in States and Human Rights Courts for better protection of hum an rights and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The debate is being sponsored by the NHRC to live up to its role 'to spread human rights literacy among various sections of society and promote awareness of the safeguards available for the protection of these rights through publications, the media, seminars and other available means'.

The charter of universal human rights holds that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. And, one important right states that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

However, the Indian Constitution has yet to pass many bills and enact laws to give its constitution a sound foundation to create a nation wherein the universal human rights are protected and implemented.

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