“Let us forget I am Hindu and you are Muslim let us think I and mine in a common Indian nationality”
The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) has been a contentious issue in India since the framing of the Constitution in 1948. The UCC proposes to abolish personal laws and establish a single code applicable to all citizens, regardless of their religion or community. However, due to the vast diversity of the country and the complexity of regional ethnicities, customs, and social structures, the UCC was not adopted at that time. Instead, Article 44 of the Indian Constitution made it an optional provision, emphasizing the need for a uniform civil code in the future.
This paper explores the historical background and the opposing viewpoints surrounding the implementation of the UCC. It delves into the reasons for the prolonged delay and the challenges faced by policymakers and society in adopting a uniform civil code. Additionally, it examines the changing dynamics of Indian society over the past seven decades and considers whether the time has come for India to introduce a uniform civil code.