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Administrative Note:

Week's Agenda: Social Conditions

  Minimum Wage
  Rules regarding Safety of Personnel at work to be made clear
  Introduction of Social Security Net
  Introduction of identity card
  Removal of Age discrimination at work
  Creating conditions so that reservations will no longer be necessary

>> the UNIFORM CIVIL (NOT religious) CODE or the UCC which seeks to
>> establish ONE legal standard for civic life in India ...

> I would urge that a clear statement is made about what exactly is
> MISSING in the civil lawsthat is hurting your personal interests as
> a citizen

Religious issues do not make the best fodder for our purposes, as you 
yourself say, Sanjeev. But I think that to argue that separate civil 
codes only affect private and personal matters is a reach. There are two 
things wrong with your premise, Sanjeev, as I see it.

(a) Civil laws do pertain to matters which are outside the personal 
sphere. Finding a non-religious counter-argument is quite easy, in fact. 
For example, separate laws mean that you must declare to the state what 
your faith is, which is an imposition on faith itself, regardless of 
what it is. In our ideal society, the state has no business to ask that 
question. Moreover, laws based on religious mores do not take into 
account differences within a given religion. They assume that all Hindus 
are the same, all Muslims are the same and so on. The very foundations 
of stereotype, if you ask me. Our civil laws are flawed because they are 
derived from the wrong origins.

(b) Separate has never meant equal in any society. 
http://www.rediff.com/news/1998/aug/21ash.htm says all I have to say on 
this matter.

At any rate, I am quite willing to drop the arguments related to 
religion in the interest of greater needs we are addressing. Unless a 
debate is specifically related to religion, that's the last I should say 
on the matter.


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