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Indian Marriage System

Marriage is a very important part of one’s life. It is more so in India as, here, we believe that “Marriages are made in heaven” and that it is a life time relationship. So it is very important to get a right partner. For this we believe in arranged marriages in which selection of a spouse is done not by individuals alone but by the elders in the family and some important relatives and friends. This concept originates from the fact that all the well wishers of the person to be married can take a better decision about the future of that person than he or she alone can take. Further, we always try to keep up this relationship through some sacrifices, adjustments, understanding and respecting each other’s interest.

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In India even today people prefer arranged marriages. That means, we consider that marriage is not only a relationship between two people. It is a union of two families. So, people are very particular about the family background. These arranged marriages are based on caste. People would prefer a girl or a boy from the same caste. We do have strong reasons for that.

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The concept of caste is based on the profession one practises. For example, a girl from a carpenter’s family marries a tailor then all her knowledge of carpentry and her experience in the upkeep of wood and its products will be wasted. So, for economic reasons, people preferred to marry in the same caste. When a family looks for a girl or boy they take god care to see the family background, financial status etc., so that the girl or boy would not feel it hard to adapt to each other and to get adjusted with the family.

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Nowadays the situation is totally different. As we do not practice our ancient professions marriage within the caste lost its meaning. The inter caste marriages can happen without any loss to anybody. Still people follow the same tradition.

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We believe that marriage is a very holy relationship between two people and two families. Still there are some bad practices in marriage like dowry system. This has to be rooted out and only youngsters can do it. They should realize that expecting easy money from marriage reflects nothing but their selfishness, greed and exploitation of others just by being born as a male which is truly accidental.

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Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur had been a Lecturer in English. He is a poet, critic and translator. His interests are Literature, Philosophy and social media.


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