This isn’t a tirade against the believers of the Divine, but instead this is an attempt to provide validity to the demand of a uniform civil code along the side lines of criminal laws and tax laws. The HUF must be recognised as another entity because it is found across communities as a part-and-parcel of the Hindustani way of life.
There is an ever increasing shift in not just the Hindu-way of life(as Hinduism which is very necessarily, all inclusive, and the most evolving and developed religious society of the world), but this creed of change is being seen across all the other religious communities residing in the Indian sub-continent.
Today, the fears of the past, be it the post-partition blood, anti-Sikh riots of ’84, or the Babri turmoil, there exists a common sense of oneness in the minds of the people, the Hindus as well as other minor communities have accepted and believed in creating a balance in the existing meanings of secularism, tolerance and unity (while there are unruly leaders, and pessimistic intelletuals who propagate bigotry for their personal gain). This one aspect maybe seen when there have been incidents like lynchings, and Kathua, that could have sparked off nation wide communal riots but that did not happen. Instead the people from the villages to the urban dweller, agreed that violence in the name of religion is bad. There is an ever-increased sense of co-existence which has helped the people from diverse cultural backgrounds to live together in harmony and share common purposes in the Indian sociosphere.
There is the #Intelligent_Indian in every Indian household that understands the rigidity in terms of religious beliefs which needs to be changed and people need to be more progressive in a balanced way. The balance kicks in when there has to be an accord in the modern way of life and quenching the thirst of soul, which is essentially the feature of the divine.
The Supreme Court of India in its majestic judgement on the practice of Triple Talaq observed that India needs to ponder over mulling a uniform civil code; went down very differently with the diverse corners of the society. The majority partner in the current ruling coalition at the Centre and the majority of the states has in its manifesto declared implementation of the UCC.
The day before yesterday, the retiring, Law Commission headed by Mr BS Chauhan declared that the uniform civil code is “neither necessary nor desirable”, but “social evils should not be allowed to take refuge under religious customs.” The observation in the second part the echo of the mature and far-sighted vision of our Constitutional fathers who enacted the Hindu Laws as early as 1956, despite so much of opposition and lapse of the Hindu Code Bill of 1955. The most progressive leader of the Constituent Assembly, Mr Ambedkar had a wide support from the other members on this point that there should be a UCC right at the birth of our nation, but Nehru ji vetoed the decision to keep the Muslims and other minorities pacified, and make them believe in the State firs and adjust with the majority, which is when the time will come for the implementation of the UCC.
Recently, several leaders from the Leftist and Centrist parties declared an outright war against the government, stating that the ruling establishment cannot be entrusted with enacting the UCC because it is assumed to have a majoritarian and myopic perspective on secularism. This author would remark on this notion, that the ruling party is renowned for producing the most able diplomat and a true secular political figure of India after Nehru ji, yes Atal ji.
Narendra Modi who is the Prime Minister today, was acquitted of the charges of having a role in the 2002 Godhra riots. This is a sham played by the people not to be named, because the people who were most afraid of the rise of Atal Ji and Modi Ji, had a lot to gain by accusing the Right wing parties of causing a communal war in the nation, while today, and in the past, there has been a sharp decline in the communal violence across the country since the BJP came to power. Not only this the government has been prompt in trying to raise the call for social change, but also in safeguarding the interests of the minorities in the country. There have been favourable and renewed interest in the minority welfare with the launch and effective implementation of new policies.
Revered Sri Bal Thackeray ji had declared that the Muslims must quit the isolationist mentality and focus on reforms that help them integrate into the Indian way of life, but the people offered him serious resistance to which he responded in his own fashion. The indecisive political rulers of the times after Indira Gandhi, in order to save their ‘kursi’ led anarchism to be wrecked by the religious leaders and organisations in the life of the ordinary Indian. Today, the Law Commission shrugged the importance of time to enact a Uniform Civil Code, and many Muslim scholars and liberals have argued that the time is not ripe, while this author believes, why not after 72 years of independence is the time not ripe when India is soon to become the world’s 5th largest economy?
The Answer Lies Here:
1. To divorce religion from politics; and
2. To promote a common identity among the people which promotes Indian-ness first over all other identities; and
3. To create a parity in the legal framework and uphold true secularism, and socialist ideas of the Constitution’s basic structure; and
4. To affirm the belief that the modern leaders are also capable of forming responsible decisions, we need the uniform civil code today.
5. To push India to become a world leader, we will have to labour for working out a uniform society.
In the opinion of this author, the above reasons are just a brief and the start why we must have a uniform civil code. The first reason is the sole idea behind the uniform civil code, which will create a better society, and there is nothing non-secular in a Civil Code, which is a progressive idea, which acknowledges, that not only the Hindus, but Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs, also realise God through the prescribed methods and live happily, so also the Atheists who achieve the bliss that the earthly life has to offer.
When Indians and our nation reaching new heights, when leaders from across the community are supporting the notion of reaching a mutually acceptable solution to the Babri dispute, there has to be no denying the fact that besides the pessimistic voices, we must take a leap of faith and initiate a smooth transition towards a uniform society with uniform laws.
Justice Buddies :).