How I wish there existed a word called “divisivity” just to make my title sound cooler!
Wait, you might be thinking to yourself, isn’t it unity in diversity? Why would I want to muddle it up with some made up word, that too something as stupid sounding as “divisivity”. . .
Last night, all the English news channels in India had their Prime Time Debate apropos the same issue (Unity there, huh?).
They were all discussing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “highly controversial move to introduce Uniform Civil Code in India”
In Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mr Mukhtar Abbas Ansari’s words, ‘The need of the hour is to debate this issue at length in order to create a consensus.’
UCC in India? Hah! A laughable matter! was my first thought. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for equality and honestly don’t see the point in cutting our society into Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, SC, ST, OBC and whatnot. I actually feel that these facilitate in successful discouragement of a united society.
Aren’t we the country known for having “unity in diversity”, the country being “the world’s largest democracy”?
To the debaters and dissenters on those news channels, it was more like “Demo-crazy” to undertake such a controversial endeavour. If you had seen the Debates on at least one of the channels you would have noticed that amongst the panelists there were Hindus, Muslims and Christians. . . .who all vehemently protested against this move.
I found it ironic that all of them were divided by religious ties, but united by the need to “protect” their religious laws.
Running out of things to say makes us speak in a somewhat tangential manner, and this is exactly what happened in these debates too. . . They moved on from Hindus, Muslims etc to another self-created societal divide- Women. They said these Uniform Civil Codes will concentrate on having gender equal laws, which again sparked the controversy of “in which religion do women get the most freedom?” Get my point? No? Maybe because it was tangential.
There were the political conspiracy theory-faction which strongly felt that this was all political propaganda to boost votes for the NDA government.
I’m not going to explore the nuances of the UCC, Google can help anyone do that. . . But I just want to end this thought bubble by asking you to, “Don’t you think its strange that we’re divided by SO many different factors, but all the strands of our society seems to put up a united front when it comes to uniting them?”
Chew on it.