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Do you think that a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) could be a possible solution to end communalism in the Indian society? Critically comment.

Topic: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism

2. Do you think that a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) could be a possible solution to end communalism in the Indian society? Critically comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami recently set up a committee to prepare a draft Uniform Civil Code (UCC) for the State.

Key Demand of the question:

To critically write about the ability of UCC to address the issue of communalism in the society.

Directive word: 

Critically comment – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘comment’ is prefixed, we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and its objectives.

Body:

Bring out the shortcomings of the present personal laws and how these add to communalism in the society.

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 the UCC.