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Re: Shri Mitra on individual rights



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Very well said Rohit.  Please comment on the two mail I sent.

Regards,

Priyo
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From: Rohit Sharma <r_j_sharma@yahoo.com>
To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: Shri Mitra on individual rights


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> Mr Roy wrote:
>
> <complete mail below>
> > >liberties; I should like him to join me in
> > condemning unequivocally and
> >
> > >unreservedly all cases of the violation of
> > individual rights in America
> > and
> > >Britain recently where Indians, Pakistanis and
> > others were removed from
> >
> > >trains and planes etc. or had other abuse or
> > violence hurled at
> > them.    To
> > >learn the good of America and condemn its bad (as
> > with any other
> > country)
> > >seems to me quite a natural response for any
> > liberal.
>
> Just one thought:
>
> Individual rights are gauranteed for any individual as
> inalienable rights - this means that the person can
> invoke those rights if he/she feels that they have
> been violated. It does not mean that nobody will
> violate your rights.
> The good about America is that the constitution
> gaurantees these rights to all - and who so ever
> wishes to invoke them is free to do that.
> But it also means that you should "invoke them if they
> are violated" - other wise any right is meaningless.
> Looking at civil rights history one would realise that
> the blacks got an amazing amount of freedom once they
> realised they could invoke their rights and went after
> protecting their rights.
> So this is the good in American constitution. So what
> was the bad again? Some guys not invoking their
> rights?
>
> But yes - I do condemn these acts, my point is they
> are not a reflection on America.
>
> Rohit



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