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PM attends 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation day programme

Press Information Bureau:  October 13, 2021

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi attended 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation day programme through video conference.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister remarked that India’s freedom movement and its history has been a great source of inspiration for human rights and the values ​​of human rights for India. “As a nation, as a society we resisted injustice-atrocities, we fought for our rights for centuries. At a time when the whole world was engulfed in the violence of World War I, India suggested the path of 'rights and non-violence' to the whole world. Not only India but the whole world sees our Bapu as a symbol of human rights and human values”, said the Prime Minister remembering Mahatma Gandhi. Even when, on many occasions,  the world was disillusioned and confused, India remained steadfast and sensitive towards human rights, he added.

The Prime Minister said that the concept of human rights is closely related to the dignity of the poor. He said when the poorest of the poor does not get an equal share of the government schemes then the question of rights arises. The Prime Minister enumerated the government’s efforts to ensure the dignity of the poor. He said when a poor person gets toilets ensuring freedom from open defecation, he gets dignity, similarly, a poor man who was hesitant to enter a bank, gets a Jan Dhan account, which ensures dignity, he said. Similarly, measures like Rupay card, Ujjwala gas connections, and property rights of pucca houses for women are major steps in that direction.

Continuing with the listing of measures, in the past few years, the Prime Minister said that the country has also tried to remove the injustice happening at different levels in different sections. “For decades Muslim women had been demanding a law against triple talaq. We have given new rights to Muslim women by enacting a law against triple talaq” the Prime Minister said. Many sectors have been opened for women and it has been ensured that they can work with security round the clock. He said India has ensured 26 weeks of paid maternity leave for career women, a feat that even many developed nations could not achieve. Similarly, the Prime Minister listed the measures by the government for trans-genders, children and nomadic and semi-nomadic communities.

Recalling the inspired performance of the para-athletes in the recent Paralympics, the Prime Minister said that in recent years laws have been enacted for the Divyang Jan. They have been connected to new facilities. Buildings are being made, divyang friendly and language for divyang is being standardized.

Mr. Modi said that during the pandemic, poor, helpless and senior citizens were given direct financial support in their account. Migrant labourers were spared much hassle due to the implementation of the One Nation-One Ration Card.

The Prime Minister cautioned against the selective interpretation of human rights and using human rights to diminish the image of the country. He said of late, some people have started interpreting human rights from their own angle as per their selfish interests. Tendency to see infringement in one situation and not in a similar situation has damaged human rights a great deal, he said. He also said that the biggest infringement of human rights takes place when they are seen from the prism of politics and political profit and loss. “This selective behaviour is equally damaging for democracy too”, cautioned the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that it is important to understand that human rights is not associated with rights only but is a subject of our duties too. Saying “rights and duties are two tracks on which the journey of human development and human dignity takes place, he stressed that duties are equally important as rights and they should not be discussed separately as they complement each other.”

The Prime Minister concluded by mentioning the human rights of future generations. He emphasized that with measures like International Solar Alliance, renewable energy goals and Hydrogen Mission, India is rapidly moving in the direction of sustainable life and eco-friendly growth.

Our movement for freedom, our history, is a great source of inspiration for human rights for India, the values ​​of human rights.

We fought for our rights for centuries.

As a nation, as a society, resisted injustice and atrocities: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

At a time when the whole world was engulfed in the violence of World War I, India suggested the path of 'rights and non-violence' to the whole world.

Our Bapu is seen not only by the country but the whole world as a symbol of human rights and human values: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

In the last decades, many such opportunities have come before the world, when the world has been confused, lost.

But India has always been committed, sensitive towards human rights: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

The poor who were once forced to go in the open for defecation, when the poor get a toilet, he also gets Dignity.

The poor who could never muster the courage to go inside the bank, when the Jan Dhan account is opened, he gets courage, his Dignity increases: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

JIn the past years, the country has also tried to remove the injustice happening at different levels in different sections.

For decades Muslim women had been demanding a law against triple talaq.

We have given new rights to Muslim women by enacting a law against triple talaq: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

Today, many sectors of work have been opened for women, it is being ensured that they can work 24 hours with security.

Big countries of the world are not able to do this but today India is giving 26 weeks paid maternity leave to career women: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

We have experienced again in the recent Paralympics the power of our disabled brothers and sisters.

In the last years, laws have also been made to empower the differently-abled, they have been connected with new facilities: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

India has given financial assistance to the poor, helpless, elderly people directly in their accounts during this Corona period.

'One Nation One Ration Card' facility has also been started for migrant workers, so that they do not have to wander for ration wherever they go in the country: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

There is another aspect related to human rights, which I want to discuss.

In recent years some people have started interpreting human rights in their own way, looking at their own interests: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

Some people see human rights violations in the same type of incident and the same people do not see human rights violations in any other incident.

This type of mentality also causes great damage to human rights: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

Human rights are grossly violated when they are viewed with a political color, viewed through a political lens, weighed with the scales of political profit and loss.

This kind of selective behavior is equally harmful for democracy: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 12, 2021

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