"The western concept of human rights needs critical assessment as there is a
growing concern that one should not draw the line just at individual right or political
right. There is also a suggestion that human rights be considered in a much broader
context and there is a need to consider the socio-cultural traditions of different
societies, particularly their pluralistic character. Finally comes the question of
development-development in the context of globalization process, the relation of
development with environment, the question of growth, growth with justice and equality.
Especially in the context of disadvantaged people, the `development' programmes are often
responsible for displacement. This has happened in different parts of the world. Naturally
any cross-cultural discussion on these issues is very rewarding to formulate the proper
development strategy and reduce suffereings of the people.
Twenty five papers included in this volume cover different situations, issues and
probemls from all over the world. It is expected that the findings of these research
papers would create interest and awareness among scholars/researchers belonging to
anthropology, human rights, sociology, political science and all people who are concerned
about welfare and development of human being."