This was perhaps the first time that the Army was directly sponsoring an event on a political topic, and that too at Kashmir’s most prestigious higher educational institution.

Army personnel in Kashmir. Representative image. Photo: X/@ChinarcorpsIA.

By The Wire Staff

New Delhi: An upcoming seminar by the Indian Army on ‘uniform civil code’ at the University of Kashmir has run into rough weather, with former chief ministers of J&K and a retired army officer among others urging the force to stay away from the “divisive issue”.

After the uproar, the Army said on Saturday (March 23) that the seminar had been cancelled.

“The Legal Awareness Seminar on March 26 by Kashmir Jurist in Kashmir University has been cancelled due to implementation of the Model Code of Conduct,” Srinagar-based defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manoj Sahu said.

The BJP-led Union government is keen to implement the uniform civil code in the country.

The issue is dubbed by many as a last straw in Indian secularism and the seminar in Kashmir was being seen as yet another attempt by the saffron party to use the country’s armed forces for political objectives.

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