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Re: Please, Please!! What is this UCC?

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Dear Sanjeev:

It's good to know that I am not alone (as a non-marxist Bengali). The
worm is finally beginning to turn in Bengal. I don't know how many
more bandhs, lockouts, gheraos and shutdowns it will take, but the
day is not far off when the people of this state will finally wake from 
their two decade long slumber to rebuild from the utter devastation of 
its economic landscape.

Regarding the UCC, I still don't understand your hand wringing over
this: The issue is quite simple: Are we supposed to be a nation where
each and every citizen is at least theoretically equal before the eyes 
of the law. Or should the law (civil or criminal) apply differently 
depending on who you are and what God you worship. I know that the law 
sometimes discriminates on the basis of wealth (i.e. "rich man's 
justice"), but that is no reason to add further complications. I think 
that a modern, democratic, secular state has to choose the former over 
the latter. If as you say, there is no "civil code", but only a bunch of 
acts/codes, fine. You don't need to call it an UCC. Call it whatever you 
want. But please make sure that these acts/codes are consistent and are 
applied consistently to all of our citizens regardless of ascribed 
characteristics. I'm sorry Sanjeev, but this one's virtually a 

P.S. A Happy and Prosperous 1999 to you and everyone at IPA. And may all 
your dreams for the New Year be fulfilled. 

Sanjeev Sabhlok wrote:

>Dear Indranil,
>I am glad that there are at least 3 non-Marxist Bengalis on this list!
>(Subroto Roy, Nizam, and you). Good for Bengal. It might begin to
>re-emerge at the leader of thought and action, once again.
>On the UCC issue: Universal Civil Code.
>This topic has been debated extensively at least on two occasions. Pl.
>check out the archives.
>I am really tired of listening to this. I want to know "The Case for
>Please - anyone who favors UCC - please get up, do some research, and
>come back with a short essay on the case for UCC. Please do not wake up
>each morning thinking that our Constitution said this and said that,
>hence we must have UCC! It is 50 years and we don't have it!! India is
>breaking up!!! The sky is coming down!!!!
>OK, sorry for this exaggeration, but please note that there is NOTHING
>in the world called Civil Code. It is a bunch of Acts and codes which
>relate to civil life.  A large number of these codes are common across
>religions. Those are the codes that affect the economy, and our
>Only a very few things differ: inheritance, marriage & divorce, etc.
>Please first of all be very CLEAR about what you mean by UCC, to what
>extent the codes between the religiouns are different, to what extent
>these affect you in your day to day life, etc. The last time we
>discussed this, there was heat and sweat, and we gave up. The UCC is 
>vast a term. We want to narrow it down to what exactly is it that irks
>the Hindus (say), and what is its economic/ social/ geographic/
>chemical/ biological/ historical/ numismatical/ canonical/ atomic/
>epistemological/ metaphysical/ etc., significance...
>This is one case where the ball is in your court. You (along with many
>others) are an advocate of UCC. Please specify the details of your
>advocacy, and help clear the confusion that prevails on this topic
>(which means, essentially, that it is driven by emotion rather than by
>reason, so far). 
>A referendum will clearly go to the UCC side since they keep appealing
>blindly to the Indian Constitution (by the way, UCC was merely a
>Directive Principle; plus our Constitution stamps us all as 
>so nothing sacrosanct about that argument; we want to hear the REAL 
>for UCC, properly argued.). But before a referendum, let the case for
>and against it be made clear.
>This is the National Debate on System Reform.       
>Rules, Procedures, Archives:            

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