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Human Rights discourse has considerably changed in the last ten years with international communities and organizations taking an aggressive stance in asking for prosecution of human rights violators. Fears are expressed by scholars and human rights activists that many countries may not do enough in this matter, beyond lip service or rhetorical recognition. Developed western countries and the many underdeveloped countries may not ratify the various resolutions passed in the grab of safeguarding their security and national and economic boundaries. It is this politics of human rights that inhibits recognition, implementation and enforcement of human right, both at international and national level. Contemporary human rights discourse in India has oscillated between the theoretical and practical. The struggle worldwide has amply demonstrated that there is need of both normative recognition of human rights, as well as its actual enforcement. It is in this context that the topic Human Rights: Policy Issues for India becomes all the more relevant as human rights discourse becomes increasingly inclusive not merely about international norms but also with regard to policies and practices of countries while implementing constitutional obligations and commitments to human rights. The present volume which is a result of a seminar deals with only some issues and debates on the subjects and hence does not claim to be a comprehensive compendium of human rights issues in India. But several issues have been raised in the volume that at one level are conceptual, and at another are specific and applicatory. Theoretical foundations of human rights are almost at the centre of all articles contained in the volume. Jurists, political scientists, sociologists, historians and philosophers have all come together to inquire into the presuppositions of human rights discourse and the factors which give legitimacy to it and they also question the very foundations that are recognized as sacrosanct to human right activists. This volume is likely to be of interest to researchers as well as general public interested in human rights discourse and practice in India. Printed Pages: 423.