We keep hearing and reading news about parents opposing marriages of their children if they seek their permission for marrying a person from a different caste or religion. Some even go to the extent of killing their own children in the name of family honour because they cannot accept the fact that a person outside their caste can become a member of their family. It really is sad to see such a mindset of people against each other.
The repulsive feeling between different castes is very strong especially in rural areas, the less educated and the less privileged section of the semi-urban or urban society. This stems from a deep divide of different castes amid all the religions of India.
This gradual built-up of hatred of last many centuries keeps the country divided. All the political parties furiously analyze which castes can vote en-masse for them and make their policies based on such empty calculations, thus throwing the country further into the cauldron of caste-divisions.
The development agenda slips below on the priority list where as it should be on the top and the only agenda. We as a socially responsible society have been constantly applying our minds to find ways and means of unifying and harmonizing the country for the coming generations. The best solution that comes to our mind is to offer financial benefits and reservations in various fields of education and employment to those persons/families that choose inter-caste, inter-community, inter-region or inter-religion marriages. It might take a long time-even 2-3 decades- but the Indian society will start reaping the huge benefits once it is possible to project it as a unified society and a truly developed country.
We at The People’s Voice Society believe the following distinct benefits will result out of the harmony that will be created in the civil society:
- The political parties, having lost their caste or religion based vote banks, will be forced to depend on developmental programs.
- The harmonious society will lead to faster economic growth. Fast economic growth will inevitably lead to alleviate poverty.
- When India emerges as a unified harmonious developed country, our status in the world would be enhanced.
- Since this problem is more in rural areas, the spread of education with such inter-caste, inter-community, inter-region or inter religion alliances, the rural and agrarian economy will witness a tremendous enhancement.
- Archaic caste based reservation policies that have created grave divisions in the society could be modified to only accommodate persons who have the courage to choose inter-caste, inter-community, inter-religion or inter-region marriages. Our great country will be strongly unified instead of remaining divided.
Our former Hon’ble President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had envisioned India as a developed country by the year 2020. With the present level of painfully slow progress, the target seems unachievable and a mirage. However, with a new vision of The People’s Voice Society, we can dream to see India as a harmonious developed country by 2050.
Please let us know your views in the comments below. We are open to criticism, counter view and suggestions.
If a majority of you agree with us then let us join our VOICES under the banner of The People’s Voice Society, and prepare a white paper for presentation to our law makers.