Human Rights: Essential not Optional

Human Rights: Essential not Optional

Human Rights: Essential not OptionalIn ancient times, human rights was an alien concept. Although most nation states had formulated their own set of rights and duties for citizens, many basic and fundamental rights like the right to education, justice or equality did not exist back then. Even men and women did not enjoy equal rights. The strong remained strong and the weak became more servile. The trend continued for several centuries till the Renaissance in Europe began to take shape and changed the mindset of most people living in these countries.

However, in the last two centuries or so, human rights have gained tremendous prominence. They are now considered not just optional, but rather essential.

Organisations such as Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF) are doing a great amount of work to make sure that every individual enjoys freedom, equality, education, good health, well-being, fair employment, life, liberty and security. Their efforts not only promote human rights, but also help the underprivileged get respect and self-reliance.

Since its establishment, PCF has persistently undertaken several corporate social responsibilities in primary health care, education and food security. The foundation is involved in organising free diagnostic health camps for the disadvantaged, and conducting food collection drives for the poor and hungry in the rural areas of NOIDA and Ghaziabad. It also runs a school for the disabled called Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a school dedicated towards the rehabilitation of more than 800 disabled students.

In this day and age, human rights are as essential as essential can be. Every individual, regardless of their social standing, must enjoy the freedom and equality to carve a comfortable niche for themselves. Since human rights are all about upholding our collective humanity through equal opportunities, we must all act together to ensure its universal implementation. To a certain extent, our society has succeeded in its efforts to do so, but there is a lot more that still needs to be done.

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