Cen­tre re­opens civil code file, trig­gers fiery de­bate In­dige­nous fighter gets IAF berth

ROW Congress ques­tions govt’s mo­tives as move comes ahead of 2017 UP polls TE­JAS IN­DUCTED Fighter jet set to even­tu­ally re­place the age­ing fleet of MiG-21

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The gov­ern­ment’s move to seek a re­port from the law panel on im­ple­ment­ing a uni­form civil code has trig­gered a po­lit­i­cal de­bate with the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion Congress link­ing it to assem­bly elec­tions early next year. The de­bate is also likely to res­onate in the Par­lia­ment ses­sion be­gin­ning July 18.

The law min­istry has asked the Law Com­mis­sion of In­dia to ex­am­ine and pre­pare a re­port on the con­tentious is­sue of en­act­ing a uni­form civil code, op­posed by sec­tions of mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties.

In­dia has sep­a­rate sets of per­sonal laws for each re­li­gion gov­ern­ing mar­riage, di­vorce, suc­ces­sion, adop­tion and main­te­nance. While Hindu law over­haul be­gan in the 1950s and con­tin­ues, ac­tivists have long ar­gued that Mus­lim per­sonal law, which has re­mained mostly un­changed, is tilted against women.

To end the con­fu­sion over per­sonal laws, the court has been ad­vo­cat­ing a uni­form civil code.

Sources said com­mis­sion chair­man jus­tice (retd) Bal­bir Singh Chauhan has called a meet­ing of the full panel next week to de­lib­er­ate on the mat­ter.

The panel is also likely to seek the views of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Mi­nori­ties on sug­gest­ing changes to the dif­fer­ent per­sonal laws re­lat­ing to mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties.

Sources said the com­mis­sion could ap­point sep­a­rate teams to ex­am­ine changes in law per­tain­ing to mar­i­tal law, prop­erty and suc­ces­sion and di­vorce laws.

How­ever, de­lib­er­a­tions with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers could take sev­eral months and even a few years, they said.

The move, com­ing barely months be­fore the Ut­tar Pradesh elec­tions and at a time when the triple ta­laq de­bate is on, led to the Congress ques­tion­ing the gov­ern­ment’s mo­tive.

In­dia’s first home­grown fighter jet was fi­nally in­ducted into the IAF on Fri­day af­ter a tor­tu­ous saga spread over 33 long years with the launch of the first squadron of two Light Com­bat Air­craft (LCA) Te­jas here, in a ma­jor mile­stone in the coun­try’s mil­i­tary avi­a­tion.

A Te­jas air­craft, the fourth plus gen­er­a­tion light­weight, multi-role su­per­sonic sin­gle en­gine jet sport­ing the IAF colours soared to the skies, mark­ing the rais­ing of the first squadron of Te­jas in the force at a cer­e­mony pre­ceded by in­ter­faith prayers, more than three decades af­ter it went into de­vel­op­ment.

The LCA, small­est and light­est of its class, was flown by Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Group Cap­tain Mad­hav Ran­gachari for a sor­tie for about seven min­utes at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony and was given a water can­non salute on land­ing.

PM Naren­dra Modi hailed the in­duc­tion of Te­jas as a mat­ter of “un­par­al­leled pride and hap­pi­ness” an­dastep­whichillus­trat­es­theskills and strengths of In­dian sci­en­tists. “I laud HAL & ADA on the in­duc­tion of Te­jas fighter jet. This il­lus­trates our skills & strengths to en­hance in­dige­nous de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing,” Modi said in an­other tweet. A priest per­forms a puja near the light com­bat air­craft Te­jas dur­ing a cer­e­mony for its in­duc­tion into the IAF, at Banglaore.

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