You are here

Democracy and the Limits of Minority Rights

Democracy and the Limits of Minority Rights

August 2002 | 236 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.

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

Preview this book

For instructors

To inquire about the availability of this title for review (print and/or digital), please contact your local sales representative or call (800) 818-7243.

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9780761996750