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Forest Management and Survival Needs-Community Experience in West Bengal

marriages it would have had very mollifying effect on non-Muslims.
The MPLB leaders kept quiet for a couple of months after the Supreme Court judgment was delivered. And now, when elections arc drawing near, they have suddenly woken up and are using threatening language. Some of the speakers in the meeting organised by the MPLB in Bombay on December 2, 1995 even declared jihad for protection of shari 'ah. This will provide grist to the BJP propaganda mill. They will in turn declare jihad against Muslim personal law. So far the BJP propaganda about uniform civil code has been in the low key. They are undoubtedly going to include it in their manifesto. But since they are also aiming at the Muslim vote (they have already given the slogan of talim tarbiyyat and lijarat. i e. education, training and commerce for Muslims) they may not raise the issue CCC in a strident manner. It may be raised just to satisfy their Hindutva brigade.

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