The idea of a uniform civil code could bind the country as a whole but we cannot afford to neglect religious perspectives too (“The importance of piecemeal reforms,” July 2). India is a diverse nation with many religions and a variety of cultures and traditions. So, we should respect religious sentiments and a code of conduct. In a country like India, such a code may not work well in a practical sense.
It is most desirable to have a uniform civil code. The fear that it will encroach on religion/religious rites is unfounded. For example, the point about rites of death and fears over what could happen are unwarranted. False information should be ended by having continuous dialogue among all the leaders and the learned in every religion. The roll-out of a uniform civil code can be done in stages and then consolidated. People must more receptive to reforms. It is a decadent argument to say that personal law has no relationship with the development or backwardness of a community.