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A New Hope: India, the United Nations and the Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights1

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2008

MANU BHAGAVAN*
Affiliation:
Department of History, Hunter College – The City University of New York, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA E-mail: manu.bhagavan@hunter.cuny.edu

Abstract

This paper explores India's role in the development and design of the United Nations (UN), refracted through the Commission that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through an analysis of sovereignty, citizenship, nationality and human rights from the 1940s to 1956, the paper discusses what India hoped the UN to be, and more generally what they intended for the new world order and for themselves. The paper challenges existing interpretations of international affairs in this period. It seeks to reform our understanding of Jawaharlal Nehru's intellectual vision, and in the process attempts to recast the very concept of post-coloniality.

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