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Human rights: A long way to go

Justice Pritam Pal’s article, “Human rights: A tool of social revolution” (Perspective, Jan 11) was informative and interesting. He touched upon the sensitive issue of human rights which has largely been ignored by both the legislature and the executive.

Besides other states, Punjab witnessed many cases of violation of human rights during the last two decades. Sadly, these violations continue unabated.

Our Constitution provides for checks and balances among the three organs of the government — the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Among these, the judiciary alone seems to have been providing succour to the victims of human right violations.



Public interest litigation, due process of law, judicial review, writs jurisdiction etc. are the devices through which the judiciary brings justice at the doorstep of the vulnerable section of society. The judiciary is yet to go a long way to expand and evolve human rights as well as compel the legislature and the executive to perform their functions honestly.

While doing so, the judiciary should not usurp the jurisdiction of other organs and protect the basic structure of our Constitution.

HARJEET SINGH, Research Fellow, GND University, Amritsar

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How Haryana’s scholars can become agents of change

The review of D.R. Chaudhry’s book Haryana at Crossroads: Problems and Prospects (Spectrum, Jan 4) cautiously avoided a critical comment upon the idea and philosophy of the book.

There is a difference between the introduction of a book, a review and critical evaluation. Though Chaudhry has a good understanding of the socio-economic and cultural milieu, whenever I read him it makes me think why he had overlooked so much of creative work done by Haryanvis in fine arts, art and cultural history, architecture, writings on various developmental aspects and history and folk literature.

Sadly, though Dr J.D. Singh had created The Descriptive Grammar of Bangru in 1973, no one came forward to adopt Haryanvi as an independent and complete language. Now we don’t deserve lament that enough literature could not be created in Haryanvi.

The village communities have been neglected the most, not by politicians but by the so-called middle class that rose from the villages and chose to work and live in the comfortable environs of the city with secure jobs. Sadly, most scholarly works during the Raj era relate to Punjab and not to the region called Haryana. The present-day scholars need to penetrate the village communities, do meticulous surveys and become change makers.



‘Silly’ mistake

“Kama Sutra” (“A silly book on sex”, Saturday Extra, Jan 10) is a treatise on sex and as such it has to be explicit like other ancient texts on sex like ‘The Prefamed Goden, Quids’ ‘Art of Love’, and the Chinese classic ‘Golden Lotus’. Of course, ‘Kama Sutra’ excels these classics in its scientific treatment of the subject.

The modern-day sexologists rate it very high. No one regards it as a semi-religious book as Khushwant Singh suggests.

Besides, the book throws light on the contemporary social conditions particularly about the status of women.

In the ancient Indian history, it is an important chapter and questions are set in the examinations on it. The trouble with some writers is that they concentrate only on the sexual details and ignore other important aspects of this excellent treatise.

Consequently, to call it a ‘silly book’ is positively wrong. Had it been so, it would not have been so popular.

V.P. MEHTA, Chandigarh


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