The sticking point is whether there should be a code of personal laws for all or would it infringe the freedom of religion of some. While the Code has been operational for Hindus, if it’s imposed and rejected by any other community, it will be a monumental folly.
A bomb thrown in a crowded market or at a bus or an apartment block or a suicide bomber blowing himself up leaves behind a huge toll of human lives, suffering and devastation of property. Families are shattered, many men, women and children die.
Protests by students over the hijab should be handled sensitively. It would do everyone good to read the National Education Policy which says that the aim of education is to develop constitutional values.
Bihar came under total prohibition in April 2016. This was part of an abstemious chief minister’s social reform programme. He may as well have said: “Will no one rid me of these drinkers.” The government went into overdrive to get the state legislature enact a draconian law called the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016. Under this law, sentences are disproportionately harsh, police has power to arrest even people drinking privately at home, confiscate their properties and also detain all adults of the family present, including non-drinkers.