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What BJP Manifesto says on the Uniform Civil Code?
Before we proceed further let us see what is written in the BJP Election Manifesto on the subject of Uniform Civil Code. The manifesto says, 'BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times'.

First, let us understand the view point of the PM Narendra Modi. PMhas said-“implementation of a Uniform Civil Code does not mean that Hindu Code would be imposed on all citizens of the country. Constitution says that the government will make efforts to implement the Uniform Civil Code. The second important point I would like to make clear is that implementing a UCC does not mean that all citizens of the country will be brought under the Hindu code. I believe that there are several provisions in the Hindu Code which are irrelevant and they need reforms”.

Article 44 of the Constitution of India says that-“ the State shall endeavor to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.” Supreme Court has also emphasized the need to provide the Uniform Civil Code  with a view to respect the intention of the Constitution. Unfortunately the Congress Government which ruled the Country directly or indirectly for about 60 long years, neither had the will nor the intention to honor the constitution with the result that this issue has been left to be addressed by the present BJP Government.

Except BJP, Shiv Sena and RSS, all other so called secular parties, organizations and “intellectuals” are against the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code. These self declared “secular” persons have failed to provide any logical reason to oppose the implementation of Uniform Civil Code. In order to ensure they always remain politically relevant, these self-declared “secular” persons are indulging in the dirty vote bank politics  by creating fear in the minds of the minority community in general and Muslims in particular and minority community has been made to believe that the implementation of Uniform Civil Code will be against their interests.

It is the duty of the Government to implement the Constitutional provisions across the territory of the Country, and if some sections of the society are not comfortable with the implementation of  any particular provision, it is also the duty of the Government to provide sufficient clarifications so that there should  not be any fear or apprehensions in the mind of the minority community. It is unfortunate that our “secular” Governments have not only failed to do the same in a long period of  about 60 years, also could not honor the constitution of the country by not implementing what has been written despite Apex Court reminding their duty time and again.

I am of the considered view that Uniform Civil Code [UCC] should be implemented without any further delay across the country for the following reasons : 

1.    UCC is the need of the hour. It is high time that India had a uniform law dealing with marriage, divorce, succession, inheritance and maintenance.

2.    A common civil code will help the cause of national integration by removing disparate loyalties to law which have conflicting ideologies.

3.    Article 44 of the Constitution has to be honored and retrieved from the cold storage where it is lying since 1949.

4.    Where more then 80 percent of the citizens have already been brought under the codified personal law there is no justification whatsoever to keep in abeyance, any more, the introduction of the ‘uniform civil code’ for all the citizens in the territory of India.

5.    The fear created by the so-called secular parties and persons is unfounded as our PM Narendra Modi has rightly said that implementing a UCC does not mean that all citizens of the country will be brought under the Hindu code.

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