Former SC Judge Advocates UCC at RSS Meet

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Former SC Judge Advocates UCC at RSS Meet
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Former Supreme Court Judge Justice K T Thomas has strongly advocated implementation of the uniform civil code in the country.

In a message which was read out at the valedictory function of the third year training camp of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) here today, Justice Thomas said, "It is a pity that anyone who pleads for enforcement of directive principles contained in Article 44 is labeled as a communalist.

"There cannot be any valid argument against bringing the whole nation under Uniform Civil Code of laws subject to provincial variations."

Thomas was invited as the chief guest of the function but he did not turn up citing domestic problems back home in Kottayam, Kerala.

Recalling his personal association with former RSS Chief K Sudarshan, Thomas said, he has no prejudices against RSS and had changed his attitude towards the right wing organisation from the days of emergency when the RSS, he said, suffered a lot for restoration of constitutional democracy in the country.

When the Constitution was made, there were all round attempts to make India a secular republic. In fact some of the provisions of the Constitution were specially formulated for achieving it.

One such provision is Article 44 of the Constitution which appealed to people of the country to endeavour towards adopting a Uniform Civil Code throughout the country. 

"It was incorporated in the Constitution inspite of the fact that law was uniform in respect of many fields such as penal law, law of contract, law of transfer of property amongst others," Justice Thomas said in his three page message.

He pointed out the irony that those who plead for enforcement of directive principles contained in Article 44 are dubbed as communalists and those who oppose that mandate are called secularists.

"This is a very unhealthy feature of our country," he said, blaming the media for not playing its due role in achieving the Uniform Civil Code.

Religious faith must be kept as an extremely personal matter and should not be allowed to intervene with people's citizenship identity.

"I believe the RSS function will embark on a similar aspects and appeal to the people of the country to learn to develop their real identity as citizens of India," he added.


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