Incentivize Inter caste, Inter community, Inter religion Marriages

ID-10087069We 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:

  1. The political parties, having lost their caste or religion based vote banks, will be forced to depend on developmental programs.
  2.  The harmonious society will lead to faster economic growth. Fast economic growth will inevitably lead to alleviate poverty.
  3. When India emerges as a unified harmonious developed country, our status in the world would be enhanced.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

ID-10045469Our 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.

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18 Responses to Incentivize Inter caste, Inter community, Inter religion Marriages

  1. SG says:

    Excellent post. Yes, it will take a long time. At first, the voter should stop taking money and a quarter (liquor) and vote for the guy who gave them. Corruption must be stopped. It will only happen if people refuse to give bribe. But they want the easy way out. Pay some extra money and don’t have to stand in line at the Regional Transport Office. I pity Mr. Abdul Kalam. He is a good man.

    White paper to law makers? They won’t read. Because they don’t know how to read. Most of them are 3rd standard failed. (I am better than them. I passed my 3rd standard in my 3rd attempt.)

    If you do prepare a white paper, I am in.

  2. Usha Menon says:

    A fabulous post.You are very correct. The mind set of the people,,specially in rural and backward areas, needs to be completely changed.I can proudly say that I and my husband had an inter state marriage fifty four years back.His family had a rural background. Both our children have also taken a step in the same direction. We are all very happy.

  3. RKR says:

    Dear Sir,
    After going through your blog, I cannot take my mind away from the subject what you proposed. It sounds absurd to even think on those lines. Do you think the Government will take it up? Votes of different segments of society are “stock-in-trade” for them. Why should they give it up? Moreover, caste and religion is a personal affair and I don’t find a reason that the government can interfere in the long-held beliefs of individuals.

    The walls of the caste system, which have been built over centuries, cannot be broken by mere words. With little common grounds, even the thought of different religions and communities and castes marrying into other seems ghastly. Such marriages can only help the divorce lawyers and our over-burdened judiciary. Have you even given a thought about the children of such liaisons? Which religion will they choose??

    I completely disagree with you. The economic progress of all the sections in an inclusive manner is the only way forward and eventually that will mix all the people as one, when there is less difference in their level of education and income.

  4. Ayaz Khan says:

    Dear Sir,
    I compliment you on your suggestions of providing fiscal benefits to couples who decide to marry outside their community or caste or religion. I feel this suggestion will go a long way in stirring the social pot to make it a more impressive mixture rather than the present segmented one.
    I find myself agreeing with you that it’s a huge leap and might take a whole generation to make a visible difference. Nevertheless any concrete step in that direction is better than all the other non-steps.
    Power hungry politicians are doing their utmost to divide the people for their narrow gains, whereas they should be working towards unification of the country. The sad truth is that they have blindfolded themselves and country dos not come anywhere in their scheme of things. Let’s hope the new generation also sees the emergence of a new political class with fresh ideas and a mindset of change.
    The current burning events at Muzzaffar Nagar again strengthened the belief of divisive politicians. We, the people will have to initiate change to demand that from our rulers.
    I fully support your cause. Whenever you want to constitute a panel to prepare the white paper, please include my name in that.

  5. Anant Kumar says:

    I whole heartedly support your idea and hope it comes true as soon as possible! This idea can transform into a more unified India. This reminds me of an article which I read for some time back in a newspaper where it was mentioned that Government of India through various state governments is giving Rs.50,000/- as incentive to such couples where one of the spouses is a Dalit. This means such alliances are being encouraged, maybe at a lot lesser level. Though the Government has made a good beginning, a meager amount of 50000 will only act as an incentive for very few people and many more steps are needed to encourage more couples.

    I request you to take further steps in popularizing this idea and make it reach to our policymakers. This can only be done by mobilizing our population at a scale of the Anna movement or the Nirbhaya rape protests.

  6. Navneet Dhawan says:

    Though your intentions seem good, may I remind you about the large scale false declarations to get a SC/ST certificate issued- of course with active collusion of in-charge officials? Our system is abused to such an extent that such maters hardly make a difference to the ethics of the society and nobody seems to care or complain.

    Even if your concept is embraced by the Govt. and implemented with earnest, there always will be a disturbing fear that such marriages will remain on slippery grounds as any partner can change religion and remarry. In a secular country like India, these loopholes of the system need to be addressed before you can even think of drafting such a policy.

    Please do include such topics in your blog so people can have more details and a progressive discussion can be initiated.

  7. Raj Kumar says:

    The idea may seem brilliant in your eyes but have you thought about the consequences of another reservation policy??

    Your idea to abolish all existing reservation policies seems crazy to me. I shudder to even imagine the affected population screaming and revolting on streets. Just think of the possible law and order catastrophe. If you have any doubts, think of the Mandal agitation, or more recently, the demands for jat reservation. Now zip the clock ahead and visualize the scenario when the reserved categories are abolished. I can only sum it up in one word: ANARCHY.

    Come out of your slumber and think more practically mister.

  8. Acharaya Puri says:

    Dear Blogger,
    After having gone through the blog where you have suggested that Government of India makes changes in the constitution for making entry for a new provision of giving incentives and reservations to the persons who have married a person from another caste or religion or region. Up to this it sounds good. But when you say all the present reservation system should be scrapped and removed from the constitution, this part is difficult to accept and is does not sound practical. Those sections who have enjoyed the benefits of reservations for many decades and still continuing will not give up so easily. Politicians are also making use of the system by using this as a lollipop for getting votes, both these lobbies in connivance with each other will not let the change happen.

    A practical way out may be to bring in the new reservation more strongly, and then gradually remove the existing ones, this is my view.

  9. RAJAN says:

    I not want to go the whole hog and ask for reservation to be removed. It is important to change the mindset of the people and treat every one like equal human beings. Prejudices will be there but only education can change this. However, some parts of the country are worse and some are better in regards to casteism, racism, etc. Some inspite of the so called education are still rooted in race and caste based prejudices. We need to change but that might happen if we see that people are given an opportunity to move to bigger cities away from their state and region. How to effect that is still a question. In Europe that happened with the industrial revolution we have not had an industrial revolution of that magnitude though the it revolution has perhaps changed things slightly. We might ask Mr. Kejriwal to see that newspapers do not have casteist matrimonial columns. And if the people in this web group are committed a PIL should be put into practice to ban such advertisements and web sites. Well the Kalam’s, the Modi’s and the Kejriwal’s will come and go. Social development is a slow process not as easy as a Hitlerian design to build super cities and autobahns or golden quadrilaterals. Well i think we need to read Ambedkar and Gandhi carefully and see who supports caste and who does not. Gandhi is certainly not ta favourable person as the idea of a nation that is Hindu is casteist in nature. Both Gandhi and Nehru are wrong there. I think women must be encouraged to take the lead and marry outside the caste and community. Ageism too is a factor which must be fought in this country. Perhaps we should advocate practical atheism and real secularism where in no mention of caste, religion and region get filled in forms. But that needs policy changes not social changes. It is the people who will have to effect it by taking it to the court and upholding secularism. That however will take a long long time may be five hundred years.

  10. Pijush Barthakur says:

    It is a good idea to harmonize society for a developed India. It will take long time for our society, particularly rural one to accept such a proposition. Even today, such inter-caste, inter-Community, inter-religion, inter-region marriages are taking place in urban areas without any organized effort or financial incentives. But rural India is repulsive to such ideas. However I feel, to promote such an idea for unified and developed India, we need to wage an organized effort to remove untouchability, which exists in different form in our rural society. Also, ‘superstitions’ and ‘witchcraft’ in different forms are equally prevalent among rural masses. We need to promote organized effort to educate rural masses against such practices.

  11. Rahul Rastogi says:

    All beings in this creation exist because of the divine life force within us. This divine life force is the same in all beings who may be from different castes or may have different religious beliefs or may be different in any other respect… and that is why, all of us are the children of the same God. Thus, we must respect the presence of that divine in all beings and we should never forget that harming any being is an evil act. All possible measures should be taken that would help in creating this understanding, thereby creating a strong metaphor for message of universal love which is pervading the entire creation. We need to remember that all of us are on a journey to re-unite with the supreme Lord. We are just playing a role in this life and thus, while playing the given role… we must make a conscious effort using our body & mind to re-unite with the supreme Lord just as we do the conscious effort to fulfill our responsibilities towards outer world.

  12. Dipika says:

    A man is born as a human being. Cast and creed are not nature’s creation; they are man made. when all the human beings are equal for nature, no question arise for selection of life partner on any other fundamentals. It is rather not matter of debate but should be taken for granted as a free born human right.
    Prof. Dipika Shah

  13. cutie says:

    All human-beings are equal in the eyes of God.The human-beings have only created the caste system.There are good and bad people in both high caste as well as low caste.
    Ultimately,what matters to God is, whether one is a good person or striving to become one, or not.

  14. cutie says:

    One who thinks himself to be of a high caste is actually low. While one who thinks himself/herself to be of low caste is said to be high caste.As per the scriptures, people are known by their nature and the quality of work they perform..

  15. cutie says:

    We always talk about religion and castesim but in reality there is no any caste and religion. We all are same our blood are same.then why we believe in discrimination. God never created any caste they made simple human being.. Mentally sick people take the path of fundamentalism and spread casteism and communism. They suffer from inferiority complex and divide the society into “we” and “they”. They (belonging either to higher or lower ranked caste) have a fear in their heart that if they do not get a higher place for themselves in society, “other” people are going to exploit them and going to put them down.They don’t have believe on themselves and their own work. They have doubt own their capability. People with negative mindset suffer from inferiority complex and divide society into compartments like higher castes or lower castes.and can’t tolerate “others” progress or well-being. They cannot work hard and cannot tolerate anybody else’s achievements. These are the people with negative mindset who believe in ranking some belonging to higher castes and/or some to lower castes. They are coward and they are unable to protect themselves…

  16. cutie says:

    Hindu (body) four community: brahmin (head) kshatriya (arm) vaishya (belly) shudra (feet) All these four community called as hindu. We all are parts of one body. Without each part our body is not complete. If we lost one part of our body then we become handicap. The human body is the entire structure of a human being. Human Body is considered so loving that God even wants to have it. Spiritual Yogis have found that after going through the 84 millions species this souls get the most dignified human body. So it is the last step to explore the God or to get the view of almighty father god. We know that the soul never dies it takes birth again and again just like as we take new clothes to wear the soul as it takes new body and it is an infinite process. But the body what we get in next birth depend on our karma that has been cited in Gita by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. We all here to perform our duties. Our action makes our destiny and nothing else. The result is in the hand of supreme power. Karma is the seed of plant and if the seed is genuine it must be fruitful.

  17. Naved Sehgal says:

    Dear Sir,
    Your idea can not be practical because of the untouchability which is highly prevalent between upper caste and lower Castes. You should work on removing untouchability first and then you can think of unifying Country as proposed.
    I advise you to give up this idea and work on the more important idea of removing untouchability through mass awareness campaigns and other measures which can be thought about. But it is better than you give up this idea and remove your blog.

  18. T.Shabnam says:

    The idea put forth by you is impractical & absurd and deserves to be thrown out of the window. It is better if you stop updating your blog and leave space for more useful ideas. India has been divided ever since it came into being, there have been caste system prevailing right from the days of Krishna and there have been castes discrimination at that time even.

    While agreeing with you that politicians do resort to garnering votes based on the caste to which they belong, this happens all over the world. Only way to homogenize the country is by Universal Education. If people are well educated, informed and knowledgeable the personal differences start diminishing.

    You should put your time and resources on promoting education rather than an impractical idea put forth.

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