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...When the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the contentious triple talaq issue, it would be, perhaps, one of the landmark promulgations in independent India’s judicial history. If the SC were to declare triple talaq unconstitutional, it could well open up the path for the institution of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) — an ideal that has been an important demand of the BJP for a long time. But as the arguments and counter-arguments are meted out in court, it is worth looking back on the years that led to the formulation of the landmark Hindu Code bills. It is pertinent to invoke this incident for two reasons: One, much of our present debate on the UCC and the triple talaq controversy is still under the shadow of that landmark event. Second, the pioneering role that B.R. Ambedkar played in bringing those bills to fruition. ...Indian Express on May 22, 2017, 1:02 a.m.
...Perhaps there should be an official policy on the kind of names that are allowed, and those that are not. In the lives of Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, the memories of being a new parent may well be marred by the ugly debate that raged on Twitter about the suitability of naming their son “Taimur”. According to a section on social media, that proverbially goes by the name of “Internet Hindus”, the name Taimur is unsuitable primarily because it evokes the infamous Turko-Mongol emperor, Timur. The argument goes, Timur, who once laid to waste the city of Delhi and massacred scores of people, is not a suitable name for an infant. After all, do we name our babies after Hitler or Mussolini? To begin with, the politics of names and naming isn’t new in India. Just a while back there was a raging controversy over changing the name of Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road. These controversies, which rise for a moment, only to die down later, repeating themselves in this circle ad infinitum, however, are important for a reason. ...Indian Express on Dec. 23, 2016, 12:04 a.m.