BJP’s ally NDPP against UCC; says Nagaland govt steadfast to protect rights, customs, traditions of Nagas

Kohima: UCC will create sentimental and emotional divide which will not be good for national integration, NDPP says

BY | Thursday, 29 June, 2023

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), the party ruling in Nagaland with support from BJP, has on Thursday urged the Government of India and the members of the 22 Law Commission to reconsider implementation of uniform civil code (UCC). It affirmed the Government of Nagaland’s commitment to the Naga people “to stand steadfast to protect and safeguard our identity, our customs, traditions and our unique history.”

The Law Commission had on 14 June 2023 invited views from all stakeholders, including people and recognised religious organisations, on the politically sensitive issue.

Mentioning Article 371(A) in the Constitution of India that ensures protection of Naga customary practices and traditions, NDPP stated that UCC will have a negative impact on the freedom and rights of the minority communities and the tribal people of India.

In a press statement issued by NDPP Media and Communication Committee, the party expressed concerns that it would be “unwise to put in place a law such as the UCC which is bound to have significant consequences on the positive path the political process has taken over the last 26 years of negotiations,” referring to the Indo-Naga political dialogue for a peaceful and honourable settlement.

“… to introduce a new law that will have deep impact upon the personal laws of the people will instead create further uncertainty and has the serious potential to threaten the peaceful environment,” it said.

Further NDPP stated that Unity in Diversity has always been the hallmark of India and that “introducing a common civil code for the populace will surely have adverse result in achieving the ideals of the country,” and “create sentimental and emotional divide which will not be good for national integration.”

“Federalism is part of the basic structure of the Indian Constitution which should never be altered or destroyed; and the idea of India is based on tolerance, respect for all sections and appreciation of all faiths,” it added.

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