Unwanted intervention

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/28/2018 11:04:27 AM IST

 With 2019 Lok Sabha elections just round the corner, the Modi government is leaving no stone unturned to reverse the growing antagonism against it and the Triple Talaq Bill which was passed, has given just the opportunity. The Lok Sabha passed the bill easily with over 230 voting in favour and hardly 15 voting against as the Congress and opposition parties trooped out of the house in protest. The proposed bill aims to outlaw the practice of Talaq-e-biddat making it a cognizable and non-bailable offence with a three- year jail term for erring Muslim husbands. Many political parties point out the flaws in the bill arguing that some of the provisions could be misused. While Congress, SP, BSP, Left parties, RJD and others argue that this is a religious issue and should not be tinkered with, Modi government came out with an unambiguous position in public and in Supreme Court. The argument in favour of the bill is that making “Triple Talaq” an invalid practice under the civil code and has not really worked even after the Supreme Court rendered the practice as void in August 2017and had asked the government to frame a law on it. Like it or not, the Triple Talaq bill could also be a portent that if given another opportunity, Modi would also “intervene” in the religious practises of other minorities and any pretext is as good a reason. With stocks down and after four years of not keeping promises made during 2014 and with recent losses in key Hindi/cow belt states where it ran the governments; the Modi government is desperate. The muslims matter when it comes to assembly and Lok Sabha seats. Modi had pitchforked on the issue and used it during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election by declaring that he, his government and his party are for the abolition of Triple Talaq. Whether true or not, the BJP is seen as being biased against Muslims and so sees no better way than to create another divide within the Muslims- between males and females- over the Triple Talaq Bill. Modi is playing not only the talaq card but also women card in the hope that it will bring political dividends. He accused the Congress of being for muslim men while claiming that his government stood for women through its anti-Talaq policy. He said the BJP is for women but according to media, the BJP has most lawmakers with cases of crime against women. The BJP is certainly more than eager to win muslim votes. Muslims have decisive presence in 90 districts, 100 Lok Sabha constituencies and 720 Assembly seats of India. Traditionally, the Muslims have voted against the BJP and voted for secular parties. In the Modi regime, they have experienced several incidents of anti-Muslim communal violence, cow vigilantism and persecution in the garb of love jihad, which have created fear in the community. Modi is playing not only the talaq card but also women card. BJP is seen as being biased against Islam/Muslims and so there is no better way than to create another divide within the Muslim- between males and females- over the Triple Talaq Bill. The opposition is firm that it will reject the bill in the Rajya Sabha and send it to a Select Committee. As with the Rafale deal, the ruling party has refused to let these issues be dealt with by parliamentary bodies. 

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