What role has the Indian government played since 1997 in addressing bonded labor, Dalit atrocities, dowry deaths, and other human rights violations?

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I think that in answering this question, there has to be some clarification offered first.  Initially, I would ask if you are able to argue if India has made advances in the realm of human rights.

If you can argue that it has, I would suggest three main points have to be made:

1)  India's role as a participant in the global economy has increased manifold since 1997- Such a role has required a greater need for labor and an increase in workforce in this time.  This would mean that you would have to find statistics to substantiate, but that is not a problem.  With its increase prominence on the economic stage, more people have found work and there has been a greater willingness to break down caste distinctions and other social stratifications.  Such a movement increases human rights.

2)  I would also argue that in its desire to be accepted by Western nations as economically viable, India has to play by the accepted and understood roles of human rights that are visible in Western nations.  I think in proving this point, you could point to how the establishment of more governmental agencies, in particular women's agencies, demonstrate this.  Further evidence would be needed to show how schooling in India is becoming more democratic in terms of increasing access to more people.  This would show some growth in advancing in human rights.

To find evidence to support either idea, I would check out national publications such as India Today or The Hindu, for South India (where Bangalore is located.)  I think this might help develop a thesis that is compelling in how India has advanced their notion of human rights.

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