Monday, August 22, 2005


Via Times of India, Muslim law board tones down stand on imposing Shariat on India's judicial system. Apparently, this is a tactical retreat, not the abandonment of a rather controversial idea.

We have two questions on this issue.

Isn't Shariat the reason why non-Muslim Indians are denied prayer in Saudi Arabia?

What happens when Shariat comes in conflict with India's constitution?

Hopefully this is crystal clear to all. In India, the constitution must trump all else. Any denial of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and equality (even in a civil context) in the name of any faith is invalid. This is the only possible secular position -- supporters of Shariat in Indian courts better be real careful lest they pick a bruising battle with secular Indians.

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