Inter Caste And Inter Religious Marriages

The concept of caste system and religious discrimination are like a bane on the path of India's progress. For year's Indian society especially Hindu society have been divided on the basis of caste system and religion. The problem of caste system was so deep rooted that it took years for the Indians to come out of that idea. Even today also India is struggling to come out of this social menace. History reveals that efforts have been made by various social reformers and individuals whose name doesn't appears in the pages of history to make India free from the clutches of caste system, untouchability and race discrimination. And when we talk about Indian marriages, which are inter caste and inter religious it seems like a taboo to most of the people. But in order to eradicate the caste system and race discrimination it is important that there should be inter caste and inter religion marriages. Marriages are regarded as the most important social custom and the best means to remove the barrier of caste system. Today in Indian society though we can see inter caste marriages but mostly it is the part of the city culture. The rural parts of the country still have a long way to go.

For years Indians had an orthodox mindset. They couldn't imagine inter caste marriages. They had a conception that marriages are only possible in the same community and caste. But it's not the matter of same caste or religion it is the matter of understanding and compatibility. It is how well the both of them understand each other's need. It is not necessary that you have to belong to the same community or caste then only you can understand your spouse better. It is how well you feel for your partner. There are ample examples where two people from totally different background and lifestyle come together and spend their entire life happy with each other. So if there is true love and feeling than nothing should come in between their relationship. And to have this mindset you need to be educated first then only your perception about life about relationship changes. Education broadens your periphery of thinking it helps you to develop an analytical power. So inter caste and inter religion marriages can only be possible if people change their mindset and views and this is possible if there is proper education.

With the changing social scenario changes in the mindset of the people can be seen but mostly among the city people. In villages people are very rigid in matters of marriages. They prefer that their sons and daughters should marry in the same caste and community. Many a times in newspapers we read about incidents of murder and riot taking place in villages due to caste and religious tensions. This tells us that we still have a long way to go. And the only ways we can fight this social menace of caste system is when people of two different communities come together and tie their knot. So it is we who can take the initiative to change the social structure of our country. Inter caste and inter religion marriages are a beacon light for social equality. There should be more societies and NGO's to support and encourage inter-caste marriages and inter-religious marriages. In order to break the caste-system it is incumbent that there should be inter-caste and caste-less marriages. Though it is a difficult task to promote marriages between two communities but initiatives should be taken to fight this social menace. After all marriages is all about coming together of two souls irrespective of social background and class.

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