Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Comment on Dr.Guha's article in The Telegraph

Reviving the dead letter

Eloquent, pragmatic views on the need for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and how best to implement it. However, with all due respect, I beg to differ with Dr. Guha on the
point that “many liberals oppose it (the UCC) merely as knee-jerk reaction because
the BJP is in favor of it”. First of all, I don’t think there have been any clarification/assurances or any explanation articulated by the BJP government on what the uniform civil
code entails (especially under their governance). Also, Dr. Guha has stated in
the article how in the past the “Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological forbears
bitterly opposed the reforms of the Hindu personal laws (on the grounds that it
gave Hindu women too much independence)”. Considering this and
considering all the “events” that has unfolded since their coming to power, isn’t
the opposition expressed by most “liberals and feminists”, as well as their suspicion
that pushing for a UCC by the present government is a ploy to force Hindu laws
on minorities valid (and not merely a "knee-jerk reaction")?

An ardent admirer of Dr. Guha and a reader of anything and everything he has written and will write in future.