Passage of Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha is historical and will be remembered forever. May be some politicians are trying to compare this with ' delivery of Pizza' but nation remembers it as gender justice. Infact , it is running on ordnance mode since long time with no certainty of passing. Rajya Sabha once upon a time considered as intellectuals house true to the meaning of elders' house. Unfortunately, of late, it has become a house of obstruction creating hurdles in running the business. The smooth running of house has been possible in the second term of Modi Government. May be Modi adopted some unethical means by attracting opposition party MPs wherever legally possible , by making some to resign from their position (may be assuring re-nomination from his party) and also lobbying for walk outs, abstentions. This is unfair, unethical and subversion of democracy. But some portion of this sin lies from opposition also. Your continuous disruption of the house made Modi to adopt different strategy. Opposition would have functioned within the rules of the house instead of continuous disruption. It does not mean that what Modi has done right. Leaving it there, the main issue is passage of Talaq Bill.
Actually, this Bill should have been passed unanimously. When Sati Sahagamanam was banned, society was not matured enough but it was banned by British. At that time, no democratic rights prevailed. It is one of the best act of British. Though there was murmuring, none is dare enough to take revenge in the absence of democracy. When in 1955 Dr Ambedkar brought Hindu Code Bills consisting of four laws, political class was united except few individuals and Hindu organisations. By that time, society is in transformation and most of the Hindus wholeheartedly welcomed it. It banned polygamy, fixed minimum age for marriage and removed prohibition of widow remarriage. Similarly at the later stage, equal property right was provided by amending earlier passed inheritance act. There are several other laws brought in/ amended to render gender justice.In post independent India, Christians personal laws were also modified doing gender justice. Unfortunately, it was only the personal laws of Muslim were not changed despite efforts made by Dr Ambedkar.
History witnesses that main hurdle came from secular, highly enlightened personality Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was surprise to everyone. But for Nehru, codified islamic personal laws would have been reality long back. At that time, hard core Hindu forces were not in domination. Uniform Civil Code with more liberal and modern content would have been certainty. Even Muslims who believed in hard core philosophy migrated to Pakistan.A golden opportunity , we lost.Again, it took six decades to rectify at least one bad social practice. Liberals must have a self-introspection why they became status quoists instead of pro changers. The Socialists led by eminent personalities, the Communists who led the social transformation movement have become staunch obstructors for social change. Why? Simply, because it was proposed by BJP? Blind anti-sentiments instead of seeing the merit in the issue has become order of the day. Congress which represents galaxy of eminent personalities became one-family party. No vision, no direction. All 'secular' parties surrendered to Muslim conservatives in the name of some or other alibi. It is the irony of Indian politics. That space is now occupied by Narendra Modi. Muslim Women whether one likes or not looking to him after passage of this Bill. Matter not ended here. It is only beginning. Society must rise with one voice to ban polygamy and Nikha halala which are also bad social practice in modern society. We don't mind who brings this change. Now, Modi in power should initiate next reforms in Islamic society so that it paves way for Uniform Civil Code. Can we unite irrespective of religion, caste, creed in creating awareness in the society about next reforms?