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A Human Rights Contribution to Hinduism and a Hindu Contribution to Human Rights

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195665857
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0009
A Human Rights Contribution to Hinduism and a Hindu Contribution to Human Rights

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of ‘human rights’ itself and then examines how viewing Hindu ethical discourse from this perspective might enrich the discourse on Hinduism. It argues that the protocols developed under the human rights tradition must recognize (1) the right to multiple religious participation and (2) the right to retain one’s religion. Such would be a Hindu contribution to human rights discourse. This is how Hinduism can make a contribution towards one article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, namely Article 18. The chapter then addresses the question: can Hinduism make a contribution of an even more general order to human rights discourse?

Keywords: human rights discourse; Hinduism; Hindu ethical discourse; multiple religious participation; Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Chapter.  9887 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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