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Ruling NDPP and APO oppose UCC

Negative impact on minorities: NDPP

Amid debate over Uniform Civil Code (UCC) across the country, the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and Angami Public Organisation (APO) have expressed opposition to the implementation of UCC.
NDPP media & communication committee expressed its “strong and firm opinion” that implementing the UCC would have a negative impact on the freedom and rights of the minority communities and the tribal people of India.
NDPP, an ally of BJP, pointed out that Nagaland became the 16th State of the Indian Union through a political agreement and became a full-fledged State after the government of India recognized the struggle and history of the Nagas. NDPP stated that Nagas have been ensured the protection of their customary practices and traditions by the insertion of Article 371(A) in the Constitution of India.
NDPP also stated that as the “Indo-Naga” political dialogue for a peaceful and honourable settlement was at a crucial juncture, it would be unwise to put in place a law such as the UCC, which was bound to have significant consequences on the positive path the political process has taken over the last 26 years of negotiations.
NDPP stated that Nagas having endured a long period of turmoil and bloodshed want peace that has been in place since the negotiations began. However, it said that introducing a new law, which would have deep impact upon the personal laws of the people, would instead create further uncertainty and has serious potential to threaten the peaceful environment.
Further, NDPP stated that as enshrined in the Constitution of India and assured in the Preamble, India is a Secular Democratic Republic, which promises to promote fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation. However, it said that introducing a common civil code for the populace would surely have adverse result in achieving the ideals of the country. “This, in turn, will surely create sentimental and emotional divide which will not be good for national integration,” NDPP said.
The ruling party also said that there were many sections of the people, who were yet to completely integrate emotionally with the Indian Union. “Many of these sections still consider the practices, cultures and beliefs of the mainland as strange and alien to their social and traditional practices,” the party stated.
NDPP maintained that Federalism, who is part of the basic structure of the Indian Constitution, should never be altered or destroyed, adding that the idea of India was based on tolerance, respect for all sections and appreciation of all faiths.
Keeping those apprehensions in mind, NDPP said that as a political party whose very ideology is to protect the rights, customs and traditions of Naga people, it was opposed to the implementation of the UCC.
Since the process of implementing the UCC was at its nascent stage, the NDPP has strongly urged the government of India and the members of the 22nd Law Commission to reconsider the matter and let the decision of the 21st Law Commission remain unchanged.
NDPP also impressed upon the state government not to waiver from its commitment to the Naga people, but stand steadfast to protect and safeguard the identity, customs, traditions and unique history of Nagas.

Will disintegrate India, says APO

Angami Public Organisation (APO), apex body of the Angami tribe, has affirmed to stand firmly with all other tribes and communities that opposed the Centre’s move to impose and implement UCC.
In a letter to the member secretary Law Commission of India, APO president Razouvoto Chatsu reaffirmed the 16th Point Agreement signed between the representatives of Government of India and the Naga People’s Convention, which gave birth to Nagaland State within the Union of India.
APO stated that unlike any other states of India, Nagaland was the only state formed out of political agreement.
Further, APO stated that Nagaland State was given constitutional guarantee with the insertion of Article 371(A), a special provision by the Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 1962 with effect from December 1, 1963.
APO also pointed out that Naga religious, social practices and Naga customary law and procedure were recognized and protected by Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India.
APO cautioned that imposing UCC would backfire and disintegrate the big country knitting together with diverse culture, custom, language and religion.
It also stated that the ideology of the present dispensation of one Nation, one Language and one Law etc would surely backlash with serious consequences.
According to APO, implementation of UCC in the case of Nagaland State would result in direct infringement of Article 371 (A) of the Constitution of India, which would have serious ramification.
APO said it had strong conviction upon the members of the Law Commission to do the justice by avoiding anything that was harmful to the secular fabric of the nation.
APO also reaffirmed that in the event the UCC was introduced, the State of Nagaland be kept outside the purview of the UCC else it would result in direct confrontation and undermine the Naga customary law and practices recognized and protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India.


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