People Rights

Daanish Books, New Delhi recently released Weapon of the Oppressed: An Inventory of People's Rights in India.

The world is witnessing an unprecedented surge of human consciousness in recognition of the worth of individuals, groups and regions. This is clearly discernible in India as there are growing assertions for the rights of all human beings to dignity, livelihood and appropriate conditions for realizing their creative potentiality. The people’s movements, the experience of parliamentary democracy, expansion of education and communication as well as the process of economic development have vastly redefined the form people.

This document designed as a handbook for social activists, scholars and administrators or anyone trying to defend a right, provides social category-wise listing and cross-listing of people’s rights in India as recognized under constitutional provisions, legislations, judicial decisions, international instruments, government policies, and relevant institutions.

In hardcover, 412 pages, Rs 700. In our Law, Politics and Sociology sections, ISBN: 9788189654962

Speaking of human rights, what about the rights of a nation? Another interesting title from Daanish is by Marta Harnecker with Hugo Chavez: Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution.

Marta Harnecker’s interviews with Hugo Chávez began soon after one of the most dramatic moments of Chávez’s presidency — the failed coup of April 2002. In the aftermath of the failed coup, Chávez talks to Harnecker about the formation of his political ideas, his aspirations for Venezuela, its domestic and international policies, problems of political organization, relations with social movements in other countries, and more, constantly relating these to concrete events and to strategies for change.

The exchange between Harnecker and Chávez — sometimes reflective, sometimes anecdotal, always characterized by their passionate commitment to the struggles of the oppressed — brings to light the process of thought and action behind the public pronouncements and policies of state.

Hugo Chávez has become a symbol of defiance of U.S. imperialism throughout Latin America. His importance for the future of the region makes this book essential reading.

Politics. In paperback, 297 pages, Rs 325, ISBN: 9788189654009