India and Human Rights

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Dr. Julie Rajan, Rutgers University, USA, and Dr. Om Dwivedi, F. G. College, Kanpur University, Rae Bareli, INDIA

Human Rights & Postcolonial India

India's desire to assume a large role in the United Nations has surfaced debates about the realization and negotiations of human rights in that nation. In particular, dialogues are emerging in light of India's bid to become a permanent member in the Security Council.

Although democratic ideologies frame India's political system, the manifestation of those ideals have been problematized by its execution of various forms of violence against certain underprivileged peoples within its borders. In some cases, India has undertaken coercive roles against Muslims in particular to address what it construes as the terrorist element threatening its stability within and across its borders. In other cases, India has consistently failed to provide, even to address legitimately, basic social amenities to its citizens, including the right to food, housing, and other human rights regarding security as outlined in the ICESCR. It was only recently that India has officially admitted to the pervasive practice of son-preference and untouchability in India, mainly because of national and international NGO efforts.

This Collection (tentatively named "Human Rights & The Postcolonial India") interrogates India's negotiations of human rights especially as
it seeks a prominent position of leadership in the arena of human rights and has ratified a number of monumental human rights documents, the majority of which it appears consistently to violate.

We solicit essays from various disciplines dealing explicitly with the following human rights violations:

-Torture of terror suspects, regarding conflicts arising from situations in Kashmir, from the War against Terror, having to do with Naxalites, among others

-Human rights abuses by police against Dalits/tribals and rejection of visibility of untouchability at 2001 World Conference Against Racism

-How India justifies and negotiates its ratification of Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)in light of egregious levels of violence against women, including the trafficking of brides, sex selective abortion, rape, domestic violence, and dowry

-Violence against individuals/communities due to sexual orientation

-Environmental rights

-The Hindu right and its resistance to human rights issues as a Western

-Rights infringement of minority populaces including Jews, Muslims, and Christians, as well as the engagement of police and political officials despite its ratification of UN's Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

-The reckless attitude of the government towards its migrants

Deadline for paper drafts of 4,000-6,000 words: September 30, 2013.

Please follow MLA Style Sheet, 7th ed.

Please send correspondence to:

V.G. Julie Rajan (


Om P. Dwivedi