Subramanian Swamy advocates for Uniform Civil Code
Udupi: Subramanian Swamy, politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and former professor at Harvard University, discussed the Uniform Civil Code at a talk in Udupi on Saturday January 28.
Stating that the Code is the need of the hour, he elaborated that it was directed to the government in Article 44, Directive Principles of the Constitution, to endeavour a Uniform Civil Code and on the directives of the Supreme Court, the NDA government had asked the Law Commission to make a report on the same.
Swamy, who is a strong supporter of a Uniform Civil Code, emphasised on the need of a social reform in order to bring gender equality in the country. He emphasised that the country could only be united and developed if people from all religious backgrounds came under one law and also when women would receive an equal status in the society.
Swamy criticised the previous government for avoiding issues and also alleged them of misguiding and dividing people on communal basis. Swamy mentioned that if a similar code was accepted in countries like Australia and the USA, Muslims in India have been against it because of some political agendas. He also highlighted the customs of women in Islam such as Triple Talaq, Polygamy, women property rights, etc. “Muslim women also want their rights and have started raising voice for the Uniform Civil Code, now nobody can stop it,” elaborated Swamy.
Addressing the crowd, Swamy stated that all religions in India had evolved from Hinduism and have had a Hindu ancestry which should be accepted. “All the people living in India are either Hindu or have Hindu DNA and they must follow the old Hindu culture,” he expressed. Swamy remarked that there was a division in Hindus and Muslim which he said, leads to the suppression of Hindus despite being in majority. He also cited examples including the migration of Kashmiri Pandits and stated that Muslims, when in majority, become violent and refuse to accept any other religion.
The event was a part of his series of addresses in various parts of South Karnataka including Mangalore (on Ram Janmabhoomi) and Manipal (on Demonetisation). It was organised by the Law and Parliamentary Cell of Bharatiya Janata Party, Udupi. The talk was held at Hotel Kediyoor and attended by a gathering of 750 people.
Edited by Anirban Paul