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Rights and duties are equally important


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Emphasising that rights and duties were equally important, Madras High Court Judge Justice N. Kirubakaran said, “When you talk about rights, you should also speak about duties. While rights are being celebrated, duties are forgotten,” the judge said

Rights and Duties Go Hand in Hand

  • Mahatma Gandhi in Hind Swaraj observed that “Real rights are a result of the performance of duty”.
  • Rights and duties are closely related and cannot be separated from one another. For every right, there is a corresponding duty.
    • The State protects and enforces rights and it is the duty of all citizens to be loyal to the state. Thus a citizen has both Rights and Duties.
  • According to Harold Laski, one man’s right is also his duty.
    • For example, if the State gives the right to life to a citizen, it also imposes an obligation on him to not to expose his life to dangers, as well as to respect the life of others.

Indian Constitution provides its citizens with the Fundamental Rights and lists the Fundamental Duties to be followed by them.

The Constitution covers a broad spectrum of domains to protect the rights of the common man by introducing six rights as Fundamental Rights (Part III of the constitution).

Similarly, the Fundamental Duties are also emphasised upon by the Constitution (Part IVA of the constitution).


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