Debate on common civil code across nation….my response to this topic..may be lop sided, Nitin Aslam and other rational minds, kindly correct or add.
Here is my simple view – religion is a personal and private affair, you have right to practice your religion but within the confines of your defined space (home, place of worship or confined gathering). Societal life (presuming multicultural plural society) should be defined by legal statutory framework. Yes, we will see overlapping and conflicting gray areas. To address these conflicts, we should not encroach onto the personal space meant for others. Why? It would mean imposing our values and ideals upon them. Should majority view be imposed upon a minority group? Naturally, it happens, conscientiously, we should avoid.
Example – In India, it is a common practice to spank kids (or at least it was), those standards are equated with child abuse in western world. Initially, when Asians were discovered with those so called brutal (western perspective), they took away kids from such households (check for coining and abuse). Now, it is accepted practice to understand such behavior as normal love affection care spectrum.
It has become a norm here to understand cultural sensitivity and respond accordingly. What’s nice about US is not that they don’t err but they change and build nation with inclusivity.