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17 June, 2009

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Much of international law codifies liberal principles of human rights. However, while addressing human rights, states bring with them their national history, culture, self-image and nationalism. These national traits cause states to be more active on human rights issues or less so, more confident and assertive or less so, and more defensive or less so. This history, along with their contemporary situation and national interest, causes states to place different emphasis on human rights in foreign policy…While addressing human rights, India focuses not so much on the basic tenets of its foreign policy as on political expediency.

This is the broad conclusion which Dr. R. Suresh, Reader in the Post-graduate and Research department of Political Science, Sree Narayana College, Kollam, presents in his book “Foreign Policy and Human Rights: an Indian Perspective”.

The book was formally released by Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor at the Government Guest House, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, today.

The book is priced Rs. 395

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