Formed in 1920, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is the apex elected body of Sikhs responsible for the management of their places of worship in various states. In an interview with Jyotika Sood, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal shares his views on the Uniform Civil Code. Excerpts:
What do you think of Uniform Civil Code?
It’s too premature to come to conclusions right now. Only when there is a bill for the Uniform Civil Code would we get to know what exactly it would entail. As far as the Sikh religion is concerned, we have our own traditions and culture. In 2012, Parliament approved the Anand Marriage Act giving us an identity with our religion. At this point of time, all I can say is that we won’t leave our traditions, culture or customs, and we hope the Uniform Civil Code doesn’t touch any of these. Our culture, the titles of law and the name of our religion—all should remain as they are in the present form.
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