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