Relationship between Rights and Duties

As there is a close relationship between the body and soul, so there is a relationship between the rights and duties.

Professor Laski finds the following points of relationship between the rights and duties:

(1) The right of one is related to the duty of the other:

If one has the right, the other has the duty related to that right. If one enjoys the right, it becomes the duty of the other not to prove an obstacle in the enjoyment of his right. For example, if I enjoy the right to life it is the duty of others not to cause any harm to my life.

(2) The duty of the one is the right of the other and vice versa:

If I possess rights, I owe duties also. As we treat others so others will treat us. If the other has the right to life and security, it is our duty that I should not cause any harm to his life and security. To give proper respect and regard to the rights of others is our duty.

(3) The state guarantees the enjoyment of certain rights to every individual:

But at the same time, it becomes the duty of the individual that he should make the use of those rights for promoting the common welfare. For example, if I have the right to vote, it becomes my duty that I should cast my vote in favour of a deserving candidate. While casting my vote, I should not allow my prejudice to work. I should not be influenced by the distinction of caste and creed, rich and poor, black and white, etc.

(4) If the state protects me in the enjoyment of my rights:

It becomes my cardinal duty to serve the state in full spirit. If rights spring to us from the becomes our duty to perform certain duties towards the state. If the state protects us, it becomes our cardinal duty that we should pay taxes regularly and s remain faithful and loyal to the state. Treachery is a crime.

Thus, it is quite clear that rights and duties are so closely related to each other, that they cannot be separated from each other. If every individual pays ‘ attention only to his rights and does not perform his duties to others, rights o individual will cease to exist.

There is a close relationship between the rights and duties. They are the same conditions viewed from different angles. They are the two sides of the same coin. If we have the right to speech, writing, wandering, running institutions and any religion we like, it is our duty, at the same time that we should not spread evils in society by our writing work or by our lectures.

If we have the right to vote, we should make the proper use of this right and cast our vote in favour of the honest and deserving candidate. If we have the right to make the use of roads for our vehicles, it becomes, at the same time, our duty that we should keep to the left so as to avoid accidents.

SAKHRI Mohamed
SAKHRI Mohamed

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations in addition to a Master's degree in International Security Studies. Alongside this, I have a passion for web development. During my studies, I acquired a strong understanding of fundamental political concepts and theories in international relations, security studies, and strategic studies.

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