chapter  3
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Critiquing Rights: The Politics of Identity and Difference

ByUpendra Baxi

Deriving from the postmodernist mood, method and messages, critiques of ‘contemporary’ human rights remain anxious about the re-emergence of the idea of Universal Reason, a legacy of the Age of Enlightenment, which helped perfect justifi cations for classical colonialism, racism and universal patriarchy.1