In a democracy, it is the duty of the majority to secure the sacred rights of every minority. It is a misnomer to call it a democracy if the majority rides rough-shod over the rights of the minorities. It is not democracy at all; it is tyranny. Therefore, I would submit to you and all the Members of this House to take very serious notice of this article; it is not a light thing to be passed like this.
— B.Pocker Sahib
Now the right to follow personal law is part of the way of life of those people who are following such laws; it is part of their religion and part of their culture. If anything is done affecting the personal laws, it will be tantamount to interference with the way of life of those people who have been observing these laws for generations and ages. This secular State which we are trying to create should not do anything to interfere with the way of life and religion of the people.
— Qaide Millath Mohammed Ismail Sahib
As the Muslims in India we have nothing to be ashamed, but everything to be proud of
— K.M. Seethi Sahib
I am pointing out therefore that the Muslim Personal Law is a religious obligation on each and every Muslim. Now, the protagonists of a uniform civil code say that uniformity in way of life leads to national solidarity and unity. I very much respect the concern for this national solidarity and unity. But I must submit that it is unity in diversity, the principle we cherish, rather than uniformity in a plural society like India, that leads to national solidarity and unity. The principles of Muslim Personal Law do not injure anybody else. They need not: they need not take any offence if a Muslim wants to continue with his adherence with the Shariat; the Shariat is immutable, as I said, and fundamental principles of Shariat are not open for reconsideration.
— G. M. Banatwalla
I would like to say that I am a member of a minority community. My party is also representing a minority community. We are proud of it. We do not want to hide anything. Our record is very much open and transparent. For the last fifty years, my party has been working for the well being of the largest minority community in the world, not only in this country, the Muslims.
— E. Ahamed
All the religions of this land and of the world emphasize that all the people of this world are the descendants of same parents. We have many religions and culture but we all belong to that common universal brotherhood. We must not divide people in the name of religion
— Prof. K. M. Kader Mohideen