A Timely and Historic Initiative
People’s Voice hails the Conference on Rights organised by Lok Raj Sangathan in Delhi on February 23-24, 2002. It is a timely initiative given the atmosphere of tension and terror that is spreading in India and on the global scale, with rights being curtailed by the state authorities in the name of waging war on terrorism. It is a historic initiative in the sense that this Conference pulled together all the theoretical and philosophical justifications for the defence and affirmation of rights, both individual and collective, based on the best of Indian thought and of scientific and democratic thought and political experience on the world scale.
At a time when there is great pressure being applied on all political forces in India to toe the line of the official "war against terrorism", directing the fire especially at "Islamic fundamentalism", it is very significant that such a diverse group of political activists, retired judges and civil servants, representatives of workers, peasants, women and youth from different parts of India, ranging from Manipur to Mumbai and from Kashmir and Punjab to Kanyakumari, got together on this occasion and took a united political stand in defence of the rights of all. People’s Voice is happy to publish in this issue a summary report of the Conference on Rights.