Uniform Civil Code

With numerous communities in India, numerous personal laws will only add to the complexity of the legal system, and a uniform law appears to be the only satisfactory way out (“Now is not the moment”, July 13). This calls for a change in mindset but given the complexities in India, it cannot be done in the blink of an eye. The right step would be to allow judicial processes determine the fate of regressive personal laws rather than forcing a false assumption of national integration on the minorities.

Smiti Yadav, Mohali, Punjab

The time may not be ripe for India to absorb a Uniform Civil Code in its entirety nor will we get the perfect moment. It will have to be the result of gradual change that Indian society absorbs while interpreting in different ways its multicultural diversity. All communities in this country will be willing to contemplate a change gradually rather than being forced to do so abruptly. It was the case for the past several decades after Independence where we saw many changes in personal laws aligning with universal laws.

Girijavallabhan Nair T., Palakkad

On paper, a Uniform Civil Code may be possible with time but one wonders whether it can happen in reality. When the suggestion of a uniform code was first mooted, society was, by and large, united with hardly any fissures. Over a period of time, personal notions and religious preferences have undergone dramatic changes. Conversions, both forced and willing, have been accepted very grudgingly. Each religion nurses grievances against the other. A uniform code may have to alter the very basics of existing personal laws, which may be the reason why we may never be able to make much headway.

V. Lakshmanan, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

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