Uniform Civil Code: Freedom or denial of religion?

In this lecture organized by the Rotary Club, Dr Bharat Gupt talks about how personal laws defined on the basis of religion are a legacy of Islamic and British imperialism. He explains that the law based on Dharmashastras was quite different in its approach from the prevalent legal emphasis on rights in that it comprised of prescriptions that informed the citizens’ sense of duty. It had a component of written law that was uniform for all the people along with an unwritten variation according to local customs. The written law was not selectively applied according to the specific demands of the various sects because it recognized no difference between the different sections of the society. Thus the law was based on and further strengthened the inherent cultural unity of the people of India. In asking for the UCC, India is only hoping to embrace its own philosophy of law.

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