Struggle for Justice & Human Rights Framework: Cases of Successful Protests in Eastern India
The paper makes an attempt to analyse the historicity and dialectics of the conflicting relationship between the individual and the state and further emphasizes on the need to concentrate primarily on economic, social and cultural rights in the present age of globalization on an empirical basis. It also tries to articulate how the process of globalization facilitated the assertion of civil and political rights with the help of Indian middle class. The paper also makes an attempt to understand human rights movements in India from new social movement perspective.
Against this backdrop, the paper articulates two successful people’s struggle of Odisha, one popularly known as Anti Missile movement, against the proposed National Missile Testing Range and the protest against establishment of POSCO steel plant It is about the prolonged resistance launched by the local people, its genesis, processes and consequences. These protest movements under have raised several collective issues related to right to livelihood, sustainability, ecology, disarmament and issues of civil society.