Imprisoned by marriage | Business Line

Imprisoned by marriage | Business Line


Institution of marriage

Post-retirement, during
the last 12 years, I have been attending on an average 10 to 12 wedding
functions in an year. 300 to 3000 guests attend each function, depending on the
economic and social background of the parents of the groom/s.
When I recall the pre and
post-wedding negotiations between the two families involved(in both ‘arranged’
and ‘love’ marriages) and observe the way in which marriages progress, I think,
what Prime Minister Modi said about Planning Commission while speaking from the
ramparts of Red Fort on August 15, 2014(PM observed that the ‘building’ is in
disrepair and rebuilding will be better), is mutatis mutandis applicable to the
‘Institution of Marriages’ in India.
Those who take the
crucial decision of ‘getting married’ or ‘giving in marriage’ generally do not
go by the compatibility aspect (physical and mental), but by certain fancy and
exterior considerations, mostly economic and sometimes based on beliefs or expediency.
The crowds that assemble nowadays do not have the social relationship with the
families and therefore do not care about what happens later.

All these call for a
review of the legal and social content of the ‘Institution of marriage.
M G Warrier


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