LAW AND DEVELOPMENT: A NEW JURISPRUDENTIAL DISCOURSE CHALLENGES, PROSPECTS AND INITIATIVES TO LINK DEVELOPMENT WITH HUMAN RIGHTS
The article talks about the ‘threshold ability’ i.e. the ability of a person to empower himself to such an extent that he can avail of his political and civil rights. The author argues that this threshold ability cannot be attained unless and until an entity has social and economic rights which allow him to partake in development and address his basic needs. Hence, in the absence of socio-economic rights; so called ‘fundamental rights’ that consist of political and civil rights are ephemeral and moot. Hence, the author calls for a concerted effort to guarantee socio-economic rights and calls for them to be placed at par with political rights.