Plurality or uniformity
The Uniform Civil Code is an agenda difficult to implement in our diverse and pluralistic country. On the face of it, a set of common personal laws for all citizens would appear to be a good idea. But “one country, one law” is akin to “one country, one religion”. Uniformity is hostile to diversity and pluralism which are at the heart of Indian society. A nation, unique for its varied cultures, religions and races, cannot opt for the same set of civil laws on a wide range of important issues from marriage, divorce, adoption and inheritance to succession without compromising the traditions, customs and beliefs of disparate communities. The ruling dispensation will do well to show half the interest in addressing the basic issues of caste and communalism preventing the country’s progress. Modi-government is well advised to scrap the move and desist from causing cracks in our pluralistic society. What the nation needs is a discussion on the removal of Article 44 from the Constitution for good.
G David Milton
Just a scapegoat
The targeted media coverage of Bihar’s false topper Ruby Rai is inappropriate as she has been used as a scapegoat to cover the wrongdoings of the officials involved. She is just a part of the rotten system. She should be released and counseled, as her participation is rooted in her fear of failure in the boards, which is common in students. At least the news presenters should have showed some sensitivity towards these misguided children. In context of another news wherein a girl misbehaved in a police station, the girl’s face was blurred even when she was adult, but these children are openly humiliated. Instead of targeting those children, the main culprits responsible for this scam should be held. In the generation of viral news we just love making mockery of people and have a hearty laugh at the expense of others. We don’t care if we are punishing the real culprit.
Shivanshu K Srivastava