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The Hindu Editorial News Analysis 13th Dec 2017

Human rights and Indian values

  • Neither civilisational ethos nor the mere enshrining of constitutional morality is enough to
    deliver on basic rights
  • Union Minister for Minority A•airs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was quick to respond to the murder
    of Afrazul Khan stating-Should not be seen as religiously motivated but as a criminal act
  • Afrazul Khan was a migrant labourer from Malda district of West Bengal who for three
    decades was engaged in seasonal work in Rajasthan.
  • Four days after the killing of Afrazul Khan on Dec 6, India celebrated Human Rights Day.
  • December 10 is the anniversar adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by theUN General Assembly.
  • Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said
    1)-Human rights emphasising the duty of governments to ensure them to individuals.
    2)- Human rights existed in India not due to some constitutional morality but because of
    the DNA of Indian civilisation
  • Upanishad “Sarve Janaha Sukhino Bhavantu”, loosely translated as “May all be happy”
  • History of caste and gender inequality in India.
  • In terms of human development, 21st century India is radically different from what it was
    in the 20th century.
  • Economic inequality has steadily risen
  • We want to ensure the •flourishing of all the peoples of India not out of self-preservation but because we want to be civilised

Information at the court‟s discretion(वििेक)

  • Supreme Court Registry wants to provide information at its absolute discretion.
  • Its brazen disregard for the RTI has now got a stamp of approval from a court of record.
  • The RTI has suffered another blow, not from the berated political class or the much maligned babus, but from the “gems of institutions” enjoined to protect the law.

Prelims Focus Facts-News Analysis

  • Page-1– Inflation up, industrial growth slows
  • Retail inflation accelerated to 4.88% in November on the back of food and oil
    price rises, according to official data released by the government.
  • A separate release showed that industrial activity growth slowed in October to 2.24%
  • Inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index was at 3.58% in October.
  • Page-1- Plea on „Vande Mataram‟ dismissed
  • The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea to provide equal statutory protection
    to „Vande Mataram‟ as the national anthem „Jana Gana Mana”
  • Page-1- Jallikattu issue for statute Bench
  • Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will have a Constitution Bench examine whether people
    1)-Tamil Nadu can conserve jallikattu and
    2)-Maharashtra can conserve bullock-cart races as their cultural right and
    demand protection under Article 29 (1).
  • Petitions, led by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),
    to quash the new jallikattu law passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly,
    which brought bulls back into the fold of “performing animals.”
  • Article 29 (1) is a fundamental right guaranteed under Part III of the
    Constitution to protect educational and cultural rights.


  • Page-6- Naveen writes to PM on Mahanadi issue
  • Requests for constitution of a tribunal to resolve the water dispute between Odisha and
  • Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
  • Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956
  • Hirakud dam in downstream Odisha has already suffered
  • Monsoon.


  • Page-7– Centre to give •500 to TB patients every month
  • About 35 lakh identi•ed Tuberculosis patients across
    the country will soon get •500 every month from the
    Centre as social support.
  • Emergency detenues get new recognition in Rajasthan
  • Political activists who were detained or served prison term under the Maintenance
    of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rules (DIR) during the Emergency
    got recognition as Loktantra Senani (democratic fighters) in Rajasthan
  • India, Australia call for „open‟ Asia-Pacific zone
  • discussed the need to maintain the Asia-Paci•c region as a
    “free” and “open” zone under the “2+2” dialogue
    model which includes foreign and defence
    secretaries of both sides.

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