By: 600008 On: Apr 23, 2023, 5:35 AM

Written by: Dr. Mathew Joys
Pravasees all over the world are keenly watching the drastic changes India is aiming for internal shift in paradigms and syntactic roles.
The Indian Government is exploring the possibility of implementing a Uniform Civil Code, known as UCC. It is rightly believed that the Uniform Civil Code is necessary to effect an integration of India by bringing all communities into a common platform that is currently governed by personal laws that do not form the essence of any religion. India as a nation will not be genuinely secular unless uniformity is established in the form of rational non-religious codified laws
There is a fear that if a uniform Civil Code is enacted, it will erode the identity of every community. They will be forced to adopt uniformity for the solemnization of marriage, the burial of the dead, and all kinds of things, which is total without basis because the object of uniform civil law is not to dictate what customs and rituals you want to have. It is only about unity about the uniformity of justice. The beauty of Indian democracy is the worst diversity in terms of culture cast and religion that it has it. 
If we talk about freedom struggles or wars with Pakistan, the freedom fighters and our defense forces contributed to defending our land without caring about their religion. Indians are citizens and not people belonging to different communities. The Prime Minister has given a vision of “Amrit Kaal,” and as citizens, it is our duty to work towards realizing this goal. Abolition of racism, offering equal opportunities for higher education, supporting minority children in their education, and providing loans for minorities are some of the landmark decisions of the Narendra Modi government. When India moves ahead to become a global superpower, Western powers with vested interests are putting all offers to defame India, for all its moves.
The collective effort to implement a uniform civil code would benefit the nation and humanity. It is natural if a man marries a woman, but if someone goes for four marriages, that is unnatural. Therefore, it is not against any religion but the collective decision that would benefit humanity. It was among the central promises of the BJP to form a committee for implementing the UCC.
According to reports, a meeting was held between Union Minister Amit Shah, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, and Solicitor General. Earlier, the Center had left the matter to the Law Commission. The Supreme Court had earlier clarified that the issue falls within the purview of the legislatures. Must such a move come at a time when elections are near?
For  2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP promised to implement the Uniform Civil Code. The BJP hints that the legislation will be enacted only a year before the next Lok Sabha elections.
Almost all laws in India (Criminal, Civil, Contract, Motor Vehicle Act, etc.) are the same for any religion. But personal rules differ from religion to religion. There is also a change in beliefs and laws. The implementation of the Uniform Civil Code intends a shift from this. Religious fundamentalism must go, social and economic justice must be made available to Muslim women and other women, and their dignity and quality be ensured, basic human rights guaranteed, and there should be an end to the exploitation of Muslim women.
The BJP had promised to implement the Uniform Civil Code during the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP is hinting that the legislation will be enacted with only a year to go before the next Lok Sabha elections.
That is laws regarding marriage, divorce, property rights, alimony, wills, adoption, etc., differ from religion to religion. For example, according to Islamic law, a person can have up to 4 marriages. But according to Hindu law, a person can legally marry only once.
A Uniform Civil code is essential for equality and justice for all, irrespective of their religion, caste, creed, or race. The code would enable rights to those whose rights have been overlooked by religion-based rules. When a person is born, they are born naked and have no idea as to religion or beliefs. Equality reigns supreme at that time, and it should be for the rest of the person's life. UCC will enforce appropriate justice mechanisms and uniform rules applicable to all.
It is crucial that such a move comes at a time when elections are near.