India needs a lot more conviction to uphold human rights as new forms of violations are taking shape every day, said former Tamil Nadu IAS officer R Christodas Gandhi here on Wednesday. He was delivering the key note address at the national seminar on “Literature and Human Rights,” organised by Department of English of Pondicherry University.
Our country is popular for its untouchability, gender bias, and child abuse. Unless we solve the human rights issues, India cannot achieve growth, he said.
Gandhi said a person cannot cover up this issue by saying that there is no prevalence of untouchability as the “two tumbler system” for serving tea still exists. He stressed the need for academia teaching human rights in educational institutions as “Indian minds are not free minds and we have only mind sets.”