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Telling the Congress Party that it has no right to preach to the government or to progressive, democratic and secular forces of the country, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday blamed the former for creating a contemporary fragmented society for vote bank politics and, added that had it not done so, Jawaharlal Nehru, the nation's first prime minister, would have introduced the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).
"The Congress is responsible for the contemporary fragmented society. It is the Congress that initiated vote bank politics. Had it not done, Pandit Nehru (first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru) would have brought the Uniform Civil Code. The Congress' social philosophy is a reactionary social philosophy and they are behind the fundamentalists, so the Congress has no moral right to preach to the government or to the progressive, democratic and secular forces of the country," RSS ideologue Professor Rakesh Sinha told ANI.
Dubbing the Congress as a party of "reactionaries" and having "blinkered vision", Professor Sinha said, "Due to their blinkered vision and intention of vote bank, the Congress party is no longer a supporter of progressive positions, and they are behind the reactionary forces."
His reaction came in the wake of former union law minister and Congress veteran M. Veerappa Moily stating this week that plurality, diversity and multiplicity is the real valuable culture of the country, and thus, the implementation of UCC is next to impossible in India.
The RSS ideologue, however, sought to know as to when there was no demand for a 'Hindu Civil Code', the Government of India formulated the Hindu Civil Code and that was a progressive step, but who stopped them from bringing the Uniform Civil Code; if they legislated it for Hindu society, why did not they legislate for a Indian society?
Accusing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of bowing before fundamentalists, Sinha said, "Despite the clear and unambiguous directive and the verdict of the Supreme Court of India to formulate Uniform Civil Code, Rajiv Gandhi who bowed down to the fundamentalists' pressure."
Moily, who was reacting to the move of the Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) to boycott the UCC while terming it as "not good for the nation", said the concept and the design of India is unity in diversity.
"So, it is not uniform, we have hindered castes, then have 100 personal laws. I think this is impractical and one can't implement personal law that very strongly governs the lives of the people of this country," Moily had told ANI.
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