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A Uniform Civil Code (UCC) which is sourced upon the best traditions and harmonizes them with the modern constitutional values of India is an essential step in the overall development of the country. Critically examine.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

3. A Uniform Civil Code (UCC) which is sourced upon the best traditions and harmonizes them with the modern constitutional values of India is an essential step in the overall development of the country. Critically examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

On the last day of campaigning for the Assembly polls, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami promised that the BJP, if re-elected, would enact a uniform civil code (UCC) for the state.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role a finely balanced UCC could play the development of the country.

Structure of the answer:

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by mentioning article 44.

Body:

First, explaining the aims and objectives behind UCC in India.

Next, discuss in detail role a finely balanced UCC could play the development of the country – uniformity of laws, achieving equality, simplification of law, progressive measure etc.

Next, discuss in detail the arguments against the UCC in India which might affect development adversely – Lack of consensus, against cultural diversity, right of minorities, tribal customs etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by giving a balanced opinion regarding UCC.