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How does the Indian Constitution protect the rights of the underrepresented?

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rishavray | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:10 AM via web

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How does the Indian Constitution protect the rights of the underrepresented?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM (Answer #1)

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I would say that the section of the Indian Constitution devoted to the fundamental rights of all Indians helps to speak for the underrepresented.  Individuals who lack a substantive voice in the political discussion find some level of protection in this portion of the governing document.  Consider the vociferous demands for individual rights and civil rights found in this section.  One such right that is embedded in the Indian Constitution is the right to equality.  In this section, the practice of untouchability and the seedy underbelly of the caste system is abolished.  At the same time, the Right to Equality demands that affirmative action measures to rectify that which has been wrong are included, suggesting that those previously seen as undervalued and underrepresented can be included in the social and political makeup.  Another similar right is the Right to be free from exploitation. In response to child labor, as well as other forms of human trafficking that exploit the more vulnerable, the Indian Constitution speaks to abolishing this condition.  The right to be free from human exploitation demands that children not be employed in hazardous conditions of work.  I think that these are ways in which the Indian Constitution speaks to the rights of the underprivileged and the underrepresented in Indian society.

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