After scrapping of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi Government is all set to take another bold move of implementing the Uniform Civil Code which mandates implementing a common set of laws for all Indian citizens irrespective of their faith.
Prime Minister Modi Government has in its 2019 election manifesto promised voters on the implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC). And had requested the legal council to study the hurdles need to be overcome for successful implementation of UCC.
But as-usual anything taken in the interest of the nation is not digestible by the Opposition. And Opposition has made huge roar and cry over the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code. The opposition tried to convert it into a political agenda. They tried to divert the mind of people by spreading false rumours about the Uniform Civil Code.
What is the Uniform Civil Code?
Uniform Civil Code is the proposal to replace the personal laws based on the scriptures and customs of each major religious community in India with a common set governing every citizen. These laws are distinguished from public law and cover marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption and maintenance.
One thing that needs to be understood is the Uniform Civil Code is not a political agenda. The Indian Constitution under Article 44, states that “the state shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a Uniform Civil Code”. UCC does not take away the rights of one religion, UCC doesn’t favour any religion. It is just the extension if Article 14 of the Indian constitution which grants equality before the law and equal protection of the law.
Congress argues that directive principles are just guidelines and are not mandatory to enforce. An important point to understand here is, even though UCC is enforceable by the court, they are fundamental to the governance of the country. The ‘debate’ on the topic even after 68 years is never-ending because the Congress-led Government always favoured personal laws because suggesting otherwise would harm their vote bank
If we want to achieve secularism in real term, it can be achieved only, when we have a common set of code governing each religion when there is no gender discrimination under the various personal laws and everyone is treated equally. For united India, we need a Uniform Civil Code. This is also beneficial for the judiciary as it will reduce the burden on the judiciary when there will a common set of laws governing every religion.
As Modi government has always done everything for the betterment of the nation without caring for the political stunts and agendas of Congress this time also it will walk the same talk. Soon Government is going to turn it into reality with its plan of tabling Uniform Civil Code Bill in Parliament in the month of December 2019 and implementing it by early 2020
Let us hope at least this time oppositions cooperate with the government’s will to pass uniform civil code and end-all kind of discrimination. Let us all support one nation, one law as any delay in implementation of the Uniform Civil Code is suicidal for India.