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Why Indian Muslims are scared of abrogation of Art. 370 and enforcement of Uniform Civil Code?
Muslims are very scared of abrogation of article 370 of the Constitution and enforcement of Uniform Civil Code mentioned in the BJP's manifesto. However, why should they be scared of these things?

Article 370 of the Constitution merely confers a special status on J&K, so that Indians from other parts of India could not become the residents of this state. Now, if this Article is abrogated, J&K would lose its special status and all Indians including the Indian Muslims would be able to become residents of the state.

Here, I presume that all Indian Muslims are patriots like other Indians and consider J&K to be an integral part of India. So, they should not be scared of abrogation of Article 370, which would make J&K like any other state of India and Indian Muslims would also be able to permanently settle there if they so like. So, there is nothing wrong in that.

As far as Uniform Civil Code is concerned, it is enshrined in the Directive Principles of the Constitution and would give Muslim women equal rights with Muslim men and ensure gender equality. So, there is nothing to be afraid of if it is enforced.

Of course, the Sharia laws would then not be applicable but then Criminal Sharia laws are already not being implemented in India and moreover, Muslims are not obeying all the Sharia laws. Most of the Indian Muslims do not keep untrimmed beard mentioned in Sharia and most of them keep mustaches which are forbidden in Sharia. 

Not all of them keep fasts during Ramzan and not all of them pray five times a day as required in Sharia. Moreover, none of them would like to submit to criminal Sharia laws. So, they should not be worried if Sharia laws are replaced by the Uniform Civil Code.

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