Union minister Satyapal Singh on Saturday said all people were not equal before the law, adding that minorities enjoyed more rights than the majority, reported PTI.
Speaking on BR Ambedkar’s role in nation-building at Delhi University, Singh said it was time to re-interpret the Constitution. “In the last about two decades, the way the Constitution has been interpreted and the laws have been interpreted, it requires revisit,” said the Union minister of state for human resource development. “Let us revisit them. The kind of rights that have been given to minorities in the Constitution, still they feel cheated about it. They have the rights to run their institutes, religious institutions, but the majority does not have. Law is equal to all.”
He said rule of law means the law is equal for everyone. “However, a person stealing Rs 100 and another stealing Rs 100 crore get the same punishment,” he said. “Does it give justice to the society? I say it does not. Therefore, there is a need to amend laws.” he said.
Singh was in the news earlier when he had argued that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was scientifically wrong because “nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man”. After denouncing Darwin’s theory, Singh also suggested that it should be changed in school and college curricula. Later, members of the scientific community drafted a letter asking him to retract his statement. Singh, instead, called for an international debate on the topic.