Indian Hindutva 'War' On Religious Rights: Muslim Body Rejects BJP Government's UCC!
18 October 2016
By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
Governed entirely by sick mentality the Hindutva outfits led by ruling BJP and
Siva Sena have been targeting Muslims, Islam, Pakistan, Kashmir, etc in order
to increase its Hindu vote bank capacity by getting coverts form Congress and
other so-called centrist parties. This ia a wild strategy of Hindutva outfits
seeking to achieve a hate nation by destroying the secular an democratic
infrastructures of India.
India is moving in a systematic anti-Islamic way, after the demolition of
Babri Mosque in 1992 in a crude manner and promoting Ghar vapsi agenda to
force people from other religions to ''return'' or join Hindu bandwagon, now
it seeks to do away with Muslim Personal law and if one reads between lines,
it is moving towards a fully exclusive Hindutva nation just like its ally
Israel is seeking make an exclusive Jewish nation.
BJP and other Hindutva forces operating in the country giant secular and
democratic path of Indian nation, are interfering with the courts on the
ghastly destruction of Babri Mosque in 1882 the judgment of the ''case'' is
delayed inordinately. These law breakers say they are the Indian law and
courts and judges must obey their orders.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), along with several other
organisations associated with the Muslim community, has opposed the Law
Commission's questionnaire on the possibility of a UCC, declaring that the
move amounts to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government declaring ''war''
on their religious rights. The threat of Muslim organisations to ''boycott''
the law commission process also comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court
hearing a challenge to triple talaq where the Centre termed the custom
unconstitutional and violative of gender equality.
Led by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), several Muslim
organisations on October 13 opposed the law commission's questionnaire on the
uniform civil code (UCC), declaring that the move amounts to the Modi
government declaring ''war'' on their religious rights. Accusing the
government of waging ''war'' against the community and contending that the UCC,
if implemented, will threaten the country's pluralism, the organisations said
they will start a campaign to withdraw the law commission's move.
The Muslim organisations will launch a campaign to create awareness about this
move by the government amongst Muslims from Thursday, beginning with a
gathering in Lucknow. ''The government is trying to divert attention of people
from its failure. We hope it withdraws the move. If it doesn't, we will decide
on our future course of action. At present, we are trying to create awareness
among Muslims in the country,'' added Rahmani. Women members of the Board,
also present at the press meet, stressed that contrary to perception, the
personal law balances rights of Muslim women and men ''very well'' and that
there is no need for reforms in it. ''There is no need for any reform in the
law. Triple talaq is not an issue and the government's move to impose UCC
intends to snatch our religious freedom guaranteed in the Indian Constitution.
That's the reason we are fighting for our rights,'' Aasma Zehra, a Board
member, said. In a written statement issued later, the Board alleged that the
Law Commission's decision to seek public feedback on UCC is a ''calculated''
move aimed at disrupting communal harmony and urged all ''secular'' parties to
oppose the step.
The threat of Muslim organisations to ''boycott'' the law commission process
also comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court hearing a challenge to triple
talaq (divorce) where the Centre termed the custom unconstitutional and
violative of gender equality .
One fails to understand how could what Muslim community practices be problem
for their survival and how will it matter to them whether Muslims say once or
thrice or twice or many more times while performing a divorce of a badly
failed marriage, thereby allowing people live in peace.
India has so many serious issues
affecting the life of common people, like rising road accidents, liquor malice
and related health problems, farmer suicides, etc but the Hindutva forces are
still keen to misuse the Muslims for advancing their Hindu vote bank politics.
Hindutva forces are damn sure if they target Muslims, more and more Muslims
would leave congress party and more and more Hindus would join the BJP and
other Hindutva outfits. This political strategy has worked so well for the BJP
and outfits that they don't want to leave this easy route to Hindu vote banks.
Accusing the government of waging
''war'' against the community and contending that the UCC, if implemented,
will threaten the country's pluralism, the Muslim organisations said they will
start a campaign to withdraw the law commission's move and Muslim rights are
ensured and protected.
to the media, AIMPLB general secretary Wali Rehmani, Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind
president Maulana Arshad Madani and representatives of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind,
Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Milli Council, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees said all
the Muslim sects and women were ''one'' on the issue of personal law. Rehmani
said he did not agree with the law commission's claim that the step is an
endeavor to address discrimination against vulnerable groups and harmonise the
various cultural practices. He said an UCC will end the country's pluralism
and paint all in ''one color''and end diversity. ''The questionnaire of the
law commission is vague and confusing. It gives an impression that the
personal laws are responsible for social inequalities and gender disparities
and have nullified the rights of women,'' the AIMPLB said.''The intention of
the affidavit by the central government on issues of triple talaq, polygamy,
maintenance of divorcees and now the questionnaire are all aimed at clearing
the way for a uniform civil code,'' the Muslim leaders said.
Now Hindutva parties also take o about
secularism when they find the issue useful to force Muslims to accede to RSS
ideology of Uniform Civil code by riding over Islamic personal law. Union
Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday asserted that religion cannot dictate upon
the rights of an individual and attacked Congress over its stand on the
Uniform Civil Code, saying it was the Constituent Assembly controlled by the
party that had envisaged a common civil law for all Indians. ''Personal law
cannot practise, propagate discrimination; cannot allow a compromise with
human dignity. Personal law and practices can certainly deal with religion,
can dictate upon rituals. The religion cannot dictate upon rights of
individuals,'' the Finance Minister said.
Senior BJP leader and Indian FM Arun
Jaitley said the move was purely an ''academic exercise'' and that an UCC will
need Parliament's approval and BJP has no majority in the Upper House. Jaitley
also said personal laws of all religions should be ''compliant''with
individual rights granted by the Constitution, adding that Hindu and Christian
personal laws had been amended in the past. ''The triple talaq case is not
connected to the UCC. Religious practice can apply to rituals of death, birth
and marriage. But there should not be discrimination between male and female
with regard to inheritance and divorce. The right to human dignity must be
protected. Personal laws must be compliant with the Constitution,'' Jaitley
affidavit on triple talaq is a secular approach, an approach that cuts upon
religion, he said. He rejected the criticism of the government by various
Muslim bodies, saying personal laws have been amended by the various
governments and cited the amendment brought in by the first NDA government in
divorce laws governing Christians. The Church fully supported it, he said.
The Manmohan Singh government had also brought changes in Hindu Succession Act
to bring the woman at par with the man in inheritance, Jaitley told Times Now.
Taking a dig at Congress, he said he was ''amazed'' at its stand as he
recalled that the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel, who belonged to
the party, had envisaged an Uniform Civil Code but did not push it. He added
that the Law Commission, which has sought views of various stake holders on
the UCC, is carrying out an academic exercise following a judicial order and
it was not the government's decision.
Muslim leaders also sought to counter the government's stand on triple talaq
by claiming the community has reported lesser number of divorce cases
vis-à-vis other communities, especially Hindus. Islamic system does not
promote divorce and tries to keep the couples together so long as it worked.
BJP is pushing ahead with its UCC agenda
mainly because it thinks every Indian Hindu political party opposes Islam as
part of Indian ideology and do not support Muslims in any meaningful way. They
all want Muslim vote to win polls. BJP and other Hindutva outfits want to use
Muslims as India's pending ''problems'' to raise the Hindu vote share to win
BJP is very bold now
because many Muslims, though have left or stopped supporting the Congress
party, have not joined the BJP. In Delhi poll Muslims abandoned their
traditional but useless ''icon'' Congress and voted for the newly AAP (Aam
Aadmi party) and that badly affected the BJP's anticipated fortunes. .Congress
party which lost the government and every seat it contested in Delhi assembly
now feels standing at a crossroads, having lost Hindu and Muslim votes banks
in its traditional zone.
However, future is unpredictable for both Congress and BJP even as many
Congress men seek an alliance with BJP to reverse its bad fortunes. Both BJP
and Congress won't make any direct poll pacts, however, for some ''technical''
problems. Congress and BJP plus other Hindutva parties are linked through the
RSS and hence Congress does not oppose BJP in a serious manner. In recently
held assembly poll in Kerala, Congress seems to have indirectly helped the BJP
win it's first ever seat in the assembly.
Meanwhile, BJP has taught useful lessons
to Congress as it had years ago challenged the Congress if it could ''stop
BJP's rise'' to power. Since Congress, which fueled the rise of BJP, has
certain Hindutva weaknesses, it cannot challenge the BJP now.