Can India’s BJP make a uniform civil code a reality?
11 June 2022 | 2:06 pm
India's government is renewing a plan to create a uniform legal system that would replace a patchwork of religious codes. However, there is concern the UCC will be used to further entrench policies favoring Hindus.
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At least 11 people were killed by electric shock after a decorated pickup truck struck a high-voltage cable during a parade organized by a Hindu temple in southern India.
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