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Uniform Civil Code targets Muslims, says Sitaram Yechury

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CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) proposed by the Narendra Modi government is meant to specifically target the Muslim community with a clear objective of creating a nationwide communal polarisation ahead of the 2024 General Elections.

“The defence minister (Rajnath Singh) very proudly said that there is already a UCC in Goa… You say that Parsis, Sikhs, Christians and tribals are exempt. Who is left? That is what the actual purpose of this law is,” Yechury said.

It’s not only diversity, it is plurality (that is needed). Diversity is the difference in the way we operate, behave or organise, but plurality is recognition of different groups and different sets of people who live together,” said left leader who inaugurated a national seminar against UCC organised by his party in Kerala’s Kozhikode.

Yechury also noted how the 21st Law Commission had stood against UCC after two years of consultations with all stakeholders.

He read out the relevant portion of the law commission’s recommendation that stated: “While diversity of Indian culture can and should be celebrated, specific groups of the weaker sections of the society must not be disprivileged in the process. Resolution of this conflict does not mean abolition of difference. This commission has therefore dealt with laws that are discriminatory rather than providing a Uniform Civil Code which is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage. Most countries are now moving towards recognition of difference. And the mere existence of difference does not imply discrimination, but is indicative of a robust democracy.”

CPI(M) Central Committee said in a press note: “It was very significant that prominent representatives of minority communities both Christian and Muslim, leaders of Dalit and Adivasi organisations, the SNDP, social reform movements, intellectuals and citizens of all walks of life attended the convention as speakers and participants. The hall was jam packed with a most attentive audience. CPI(M) General Secretary put forward the party’s stand against the UCC issue while working for reform in personal laws. Leaders of CPI, NCP, JD-S, Kerala Congress, Ministers in the Kerala LDF government were also present on the occassion.”

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