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Modi Weighs Replacing India’s Religion-Based Laws Before Polls

  • Plans to make changes in some states before nationwide rollout
  • Uttarakhand to set up panel on uniform civil code first
Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

Photographer: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is weighing the political costs of replacing India’s religion-based marriage and inheritance laws with a uniform civil code ahead of national elections in 2024, according to people involved in the plan, a move that risks alienating a broad spectrum of voters.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has begun the process to implement uniform civil laws in the tiny hill state of Uttarakhand where it dominates the local legislature, said the people who declined to be named as they are not authorized to speak to the media.