Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out oftheir design and implementation.
4) Discuss the possible factors that inhibit India from enacting a uniform civil code (UCC) for its citizenry as provided for by the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) of the Indian constitution. (250 words)
Why this question:
There have been various calls for a uniform civil code in the country, right since the independence. The debate involves several issues and it is important to analyze the nature of the debate, various issues involved therein etc.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss the need for UCC in India and explain in detail the possible factors that have hindered the coming of UCC in the country.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Write a few introductory lines about the UCC in India. E.g. the Constituent Assembly debates reveal a lack of consensus on what a potential uniform civil code would entail. While many thought the UCC would coexist alongside the personal law systems, others thought that it was to replace the personal law.
Explain briefly first the Uniform civil code and the respective constitutional provisions. Discuss the need for a UCC and how imposing a UCC will affect democracy and personal freedom.
Also discuss what should be the way ahead, what steps should be taken.
Conclude with way forward, what should be the next step ahead.