Right to employment implemented through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Right to education implemented through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, and a dozen more rights are in the design stage including the Right to health. I do not intend to be a critique of these rights but what troubles me is the sense of pride that the Government takes in providing these rights. A decent living is something that every citizen expects from the State and thus the State is not doing any favour by making these rights justiciable.
A more imminent problem is the possibility of the degradation of the respect that ‘Rights’ today enjoys. Such a probability occurs when rights are not honoured and when rights remain just on paper in the form of statutes. What we thus need is men and women who are a part of the state and who have a determination to provide the citizens their dues. The problem is thus about implementation, implementors and people who are supposed to get laws implemented.
With more and more rights getting dishonoured, there is a also a danger of the citizen losing his faith in the overburdened judiciary whose decree many a times has been ignored in the name of ‘separation of powers’.