Data for: An Explorative Venture on Human Right’s Birth and Foundation From the Roots of Vedic Era to the Roots of Bhakti and Sufi Era.

Published: 22 February 2024| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/n9sbh35s79.2
Dr Surender Kumar Sonu


It is a tedious and extremely difficult task to establish and structure the interconnection and relationship between the human rights historical tradition of India. The concept of human rights is of a recent, post-Second World War origin. The idea of equality of all individuals has fed directly into a human rights perspective. Individualism as a doctrine itself is a pure modem idea. Therefore, if you want to look at India's traditional heritage as a possible source of inspiration for a human rights perspective today, a superficial investigation may not yield much. Such a search is neither easy nor possible. It specifically laid down concern and emancipation of the individual as a cornerstone of any human right activity. It would be imperative to dissect and dismantle the concept of human rights and to take out the constitutive elements that make the whole. It should be possible to go back to the Indian tradition and identify those elements that essentially constitute human rights today. In other words, you may not easily find any intellectual currents of individualism, universalism, or egalitarianism in the remote past. But certain features of a human rights perspective like humanism, concern for the lower social groups, respect for their emancipation, and acceptance of their right to protest, compassion, non-violence, etc. register an abundant presence.



Sociology, Human Rights