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  1. Hindu narratives on human rights

    Sharma, Arvind
    Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2010.

  2. Hinduism and human rights : a conceptual approach

    Sharma, Arvind
    New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2004.

    The book offers to undertake a conceptual approach to the issue of Hinduism and Human Rights in a cultural ethos in which they are perceived. It offers a rich network of interrelated questions about Human Rights from variety of Hindu and non-Hindu angles. The study focuses on the conceptual level of debate and tries to show that there is a room for classical or traditional Hindu concepts and ideas in the current international debates on Human Rights protection. The book raises many pertinent issues concerning the relation between Hinduism and Human Rights. The indological literature on Hinduism and Hindu culture has never addressed the human rights perspective, and the author has analysed this issue by discussing issues like Caste System (varna, jati), The Stages of life (asrama), The Four Ages (yugas), and Freedom of Conscience and Hinduism. This volume will be of immense value to scholars and students of law, religion, and philosophy. This will also be of interest to social theorists and comparatives.

    Online Oxford Scholarship Online

  3. Human rights in Eastern civilisations : some reflections of a former UN Special Rapporteur

    Subedi, Surya P., 1958-
    Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, [2021]

    Based on the author's first-hand experience as a UN Special Rapporteur, this thought-provoking and original book examines the values of Eastern civilisations and their contribution to the development of the UN Human Rights agenda. Offering an authoritative analysis of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Surya P. Subedi, QC, focuses on the norms underpinning these two seminal Eastern philosophies to assess the extent to which the ancient civilisations already have human rights values embedded in them. Chapters explore the expression of values in the scriptures and practices of these philosophies, assessing their influence on the contemporary understanding of human rights. Rejecting the argument based on ''Asian Values'' that is often used to undermine the universality of human rights, the book argues that secularism, personal liberty and universalism are at the heart of both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The unique perspective offered by Human Rights in Eastern Civilisations will appeal to students, academics and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including human rights, international law and relations, and religious studies.


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