November 12, 2016: Veteran lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar on Saturday said that there should be a ban on triple talaq practice but the uniform civil code should be implemented only after proper discussion.
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“I have always spoken against these things. Triple talaq should be banned immediately in any civil society. As far as uniform common civil code is concerned, I am not sure how far this is possible because our country is huge,” Akhtar said while addressing a session at the Sahitya AajTak event.
Akhtar said India has many traditions, cultures, and sub-cultures and bringing them all under one law would be a mammoth task.
“The government should make a draft of civil code and put it on the net. There should be a draft, only then a discussion is possible. It should be discussed for a year.
“If there is any discrepancy, then the Constitution must prevail and there should be no confusion about this.”
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The lyricist further added that the politicians should remain silent on sensitive issues as they often say right things with wrong intentions, ending up weakening the cause.
When he was asked whether there was a danger to freedom of expression, he said that it was not entirely true.
“What happens is that when people take a stand… It sometimes is extreme but reality is somewhere in between. Some people say freedom of expression is over. That’s not true. I say whatever I feel like but it is also true that there are attempts against it.”
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Akhtar said, “Islam was always in danger but now Hindu religion is also in danger.”
He further added that the scene in “Sholay” where Dharmendra woos Hema Malini by hiding himself behind Shiva’s statue would not be possible today.
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