Geneva [Switzerland]18 March (ANI): India’s development model has won praise at the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, with NGOs highlighting India’s education model and urging other UN member states to follow suit.
In her oral presentation, Sai Sampath from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Eco Fawn described and narrated the story of Rohini, a Dalit girl studying in Geneva. She has been the beneficiary of a grant of Rs 1 crore from the Government of India.
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“I am honored to represent the voice of India’s 200 million Dalits at the United Nations. I am sincerely grateful to the Government of India for providing me with a scholarship to pursue my PhD in Geneva, Switzerland,” Sampat said.
“As someone from a disadvantaged group in society, I have witnessed caste discrimination and marginalization. The situation of Dalits in India is far better than that of minorities in other neighboring countries,” he added.
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Sampath further stated, “India’s first tribal female president, Droupadi Murmu, and OBC Prime Minister Narendra Modi are a testament to the strength of our Constitution. It shows that people from different communities and backgrounds can break down barriers and create opportunities.”
Somayaji spoke about India’s developments in his oral statement on behalf of the African Society.
“Since India gained independence in 1947, it has made significant progress in the promotion and protection of human rights. The Indian Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights of all citizens. India has made progress in promoting the rights of women, Dalits and other marginalized communities ,” Somayaki said.
“In recent years, India has implemented measures to promote gender equality, including the criminalization of marital rape and a new law protecting women from sexual harassment in the workplace,” he added.
Somayaji further said: “India has implemented affirmative action policies to ensure access to education and employment opportunities for vulnerable groups.”
Miguel Galaz, Consultant, Prime Matters, Lisbon, represented the Akshar Foundation, an NGO from the Economic and Social Council of India, during the oral presentation. He described the Indian education model and urged other European members of the UN Council to follow suit.
Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, on Friday highlighted the five core concepts of Mahatma Gandhi, namely Ahimsa, Satyagraha, Sarvodaya, Swaraj and Trusteeship, noting that they are also core principles of the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Representing India and 89 other countries in a joint statement at the Human Rights Council on “The Resonance of Mahatma Gandhi’s Thoughts and Values in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said, the universal values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Has a strong resonance. Global nonviolence symbolizes the ideas and values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Emphasizing that the political, social and economic inclusion advocated by Gandhi has been reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals, Ambassador Pandey emphasized that Gandhi firmly believed in including women and girls and vulnerable groups, and safeguarding and safeguarding their rights and dignity. (Arnie)
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