Uniformity Does Not Mean Equality: Sitaram Yechury On Uniform Civil Code

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury attended a national seminar conducted by his party to discuss the Uniform Civil Code and expressed his concerns over the impact of the laws on the social fabric of the country.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Saturday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party is using the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) as a political tool to sharpen communal polarisation.

In a national seminar organised by the Left party in Kozhikode in Kerala to discuss UCC, Yechury remarked that uniformity does not mean equality while addressing a massive gathering.

Yechury during the seminar said that the laws which are discriminatory need correction but only after a consultation with the entire community instead of imposing UCC on everyone. 

According to PTI, Yechury said, "Uniformity does not mean equality. The CPI(M) stands for equality like the Constitution of India stands for equality. And it's that equality that we need to fight for...that everyone of us is first a human being and then everything else follows."

The CPI(M) leader pointed out that the 21st Law Commission, appointed by the Modi government, had made it clear that the UCC was "neither necessary nor desirable at this stage".

Yechury expressing his concern about the impact of the UCC on Indians said that any effort to impose uniformity with tear the social fabric of the country. 

"UCC is a slogan that is meant to sharpen communal polarisation and not to actually achieve any uniformity at all...but to be used as a political tool by the BJP for sharpening communal polarisation," Yechury reportedly also said.

The seminar was held at the Calicut Trade Centre near Sarovaram Biopark. Many associations of the Muslim community including Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama and various Christian communities are attending the event. 

MPs Elamaram Kareem and Jose K Mani, ministers P A Mohammed Riyas, A K Saseendran and Ahmed Devarkovil, as well as various Christian priests and bishops, also attended the event.