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The Right to Life = the Right to Food

by Manu Bhagavan
Friday , September 06, 2013 at 17 : 33

An interview with Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate with the Supreme Court of India

On the 26th of August 2013, the Indian Lok Sabha passed the National Food Security Bill, which will provide subsidized grain to a large majority of the Indian population. The bill has generated tremendous controversy as debate has centered on whether or not the country can afford such a measure, on the ways and means of implementation, and on the ever-looming specter of corruption, all framed by political posturing.

The central question, though, is a simple one. Do people have a right to food? Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate at the Indian Supreme Court and Founder Director of the Human Rights Law Network, is someone who has long thought about just this question. Over a decade ago, he won a landmark...Read more...

In 1956, 34-year-old Garry Davis travelled to India on a quest. Having served as a bomber pilot through World War II, Davis was struck by the plight of millions rendered stateless once the war was over. For Davis, such suffering was sad and absurd, the forced consequence of a flawed and anachronistic system of nation states that governed the planet. In 1948, in Paris, he renounced the American citizenship of his birth and declared himself a world citizen with a world passport created on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[1]. He soon picked up the support of the Alberts Einstein, Camus and Schweitzer [2].

What had spurred Davis was the idea of "one world" that had been articulated by former American Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, and supported by the Alberts, by Bertrand Russell and by Gandhi [3]....Read more...

More about Manu Bhagavan

Manu Bhagavan is the author of "The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World" and associate professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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