Human rights and its future: some reflections
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This article seeks to explore some of the key ideas of Upendra Baxi’s only book length study of human rights, namely The Future of Human Rights, and its relevance to the contemporary human rights context in India. In particular, this article explores the implications of seeing human rights as the product of ‘communities of resistance and people in struggle’. In a highly original intervention on the question of the ‘origins of human rights’, Baxi moves away from the state as the originator of human rights to center people’s resistance movements as articulators and developers of the language of human rights. This is a powerful critique of the idea that human rights are a ‘gift from the West to the rest’.