More than four decades after his death on 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King remains a bright light for rights activists all over the world, including in India. Yet the rights debate here has taken on other colours. King’s quest had been social justice through equal opportunity. That emphasis on enabling a set of people to make their own choices has been replaced by militant cries for entitlements. As if human agency weren’t enough. King’s life and work still have a lot to teach people—but no one more so than the rights activist himself.
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