Rising above narrow paradigms like caste, creed and religion, The People’s Voice Society strives to work for upliftment of humanity. These aforementioned man made definitions have only enabled the division of society into fragments, the consequences of which can be seen manifesting themselves from time to time in explosions of violence and hatred.

Rising above narrow paradigms like caste, creed and religion, The People’s Voice Society strives to work for upliftment of humanity. These aforementioned man made definitions have only enabled the division of society into fragments, the consequences of which can be seen manifesting themselves from time to time in explosions of violence and hatred.

The main objective of The People’s Voice Society is to promote inter caste and inter religious marriages in the country. Indeed, The Protection of Civil Rights Act of 1955 passed by the Government of India itself states the need and importance of inter caste marriages, but unfortunately very few people in the country are even aware of this important piece of legislation.

Our organisation, however, feels it is very important that the general public are made aware of this Act, and the government of the day puts in more efforts to broadcast its salient features on a wider basis. It is very important for our national unity that inter caste and inter religious marriages are promoted and encouraged.

Segueing onto a slightly different tangent, we feel that in order to be a truly secular society, it is of utmost importance to delink one’s name from religion. If a person following a particular religion decides on any given day to start following a different religion, he or she should not be forced to legally change their name or religion.

The People’s Voice Society believes that there is no need for any law on converting one’s religion. Deciding what faith or belief system to follow should be one’s personal choice and they should be free to make their own choice without the government or the law of the land having a role to play in it.

Indeed, it has been seen in many cases that when someone changes their religion, more questions are raised and discussions held on the person in question changing their name. Is this even necessary? If a man and woman of different faiths decide to get married, they are more than capable of leading a blissful married life without either of them having to convert their religion. Both should be free to keep following their respective religions without the law mandating that either one of them converts. Each should be free to visit a temple, mosque, gurudwara or church as per their existing beliefs, and should be allowed to keep their names which have been their identity their entire lives. Marriage is a holy union, in which religion should not be a factor.

We have all been given a fairly simple life to live, however it is we ourselves who try to put obstacles in our path every step of the way. There are already many serious issues plaguing mankind, the fact that religion has also been added to this list is indeed very disappointing and unnecessary. Our organisation finds it very disturbing when we read in the newspaper or listen to some news broadcast about a person having to change their religion. Is this an indicator of a progressive nation? This is the question we all have to ponder over.

Even the census data the government prepares listing the number of people in the country by their religion, caste etc. is intrinsically flawed. What is the real purpose of this information? This type of data only serves vote bank politics of various political parties. There is absolutely no need for data to be published from such a communal perspective as it only serves to remind people of how they are ‘different’ from others and causes further divisions in society.

Ultimately, we wish to reinforce the message that every citizen should be free to marry the person of their choosing without casteist or religious considerations, and should not be mandatorily forced to change their religion in order to get married. Changing one’s name on a piece of paper just to please other people is not something that should happen in a secular and progressive country.

In a democracy, we all have the freedom of choice. One may, for example, like the colour red. However others may like blue, green, yellow or any other colour. Everyone is free to like the colour of their choosing. This is important because every colour is unique and has its own attributes and qualities; if there was only one colour for everyone to like, then there would be no diversity. This metaphor can be applied to freedom of marriages as well.

From time to time, we hear of uplifting stories in the news which make us feel there is hope after all. Recently, in Jind district of Haryana, there was a story of how a Khap Panchayat decided that marriages would take place without the couple having to use their gotra and would instead use the name of their village instead. This is a big departure from the past, especially since it is a Khap Panchayat, traditionally associated with a regressive mindset and diktats, that is bringing about this change which in itself is a hugely welcome change.

Then there is the story of Sneha from the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu who fought a long and hard battle to obtain a certificate from the government stating her name to be simply Sneha, as she did not want her name to be associated with any caste or religion as she did not believe in these man made systems. So strong were her beliefs, that throughout her academic life, she never filled her ‘caste’ or ‘religion’ in any forms in school or college.

There are many such inspirational and enlightened people among us, who are working towards ridding our nation of divisive barriers arising out of differences in religion and caste. We, at The People’s Voice Society, stand side by side with such individuals and support them at every turn. We are also working tirelessly to spread awareness on such issues across the country and help bring about true national unity. Our vision is to one day see India as a developed economy, with an educated young, healthy and vibrant society, devoid of class divisions, peaceful and progressive. We urge all our readers to join us in our movement and support us in any way possible which would help us in realising our dream of a united India.

Our organisation, however, feels it is very important that the general public are made aware of this Act, and the government of the day puts in more efforts to broadcast its salient features on a wider basis. It is very important for our national unity that inter caste and inter religious marriages are promoted and encouraged.

Segueing onto a slightly different tangent, we feel that in order to be a truly secular society, it is of utmost importance to delink one’s name from religion. If a person following a particular religion decides on any given day to start following a different religion, he or she should not be forced to legally change their name or religion.

The People’s Voice Society believes that there is no need for any law on converting one’s religion. Deciding what faith or belief system to follow should be one’s personal choice and they should be free to make their own choice without the government or the law of the land having a role to play in it.

Indeed, it has been seen in many cases that when someone changes their religion, more questions are raised and discussions held on the person in question changing their name. Is this even necessary? If a man and woman of different faiths decide to get married, they are more than capable of leading a blissful married life without either of them having to convert their religion. Both should be free to keep following their respective religions without the law mandating that either one of them converts. Each should be free to visit a temple, mosque, gurudwara or church as per their existing beliefs, and should be allowed to keep their names which have been their identity their entire lives. Marriage is a holy union, in which religion should not be a factor.

We have all been given a fairly simple life to live, however it is we ourselves who try to put obstacles in our path every step of the way. There are already many serious issues plaguing mankind, the fact that religion has also been added to this list is indeed very disappointing and unnecessary. Our organisation finds it very disturbing when we read in the newspaper or listen to some news broadcast about a person having to change their religion. Is this an indicator of a progressive nation? This is the question we all have to ponder over.

Even the census data the government prepares listing the number of people in the country by their religion, caste etc. is intrinsically flawed. What is the real purpose of this information? This type of data only serves vote bank politics of various political parties. There is absolutely no need for data to be published from such a communal perspective as it only serves to remind people of how they are ‘different’ from others and causes further divisions in society.

Ultimately, we wish to reinforce the message that every citizen should be free to marry the person of their choosing without casteist or religious considerations, and should not be mandatorily forced to change their religion in order to get married. Changing one’s name on a piece of paper just to please other people is not something that should happen in a secular and progressive country.

In a democracy, we all have the freedom of choice. One may, for example, like the colour red. However others may like blue, green, yellow or any other colour. Everyone is free to like the colour of their choosing. This is important because every colour is unique and has its own attributes and qualities; if there was only one colour for everyone to like, then there would be no diversity. This metaphor can be applied to freedom of marriages as well.

From time to time, we hear of uplifting stories in the news which make us feel there is hope after all. Recently, in Jind district of Haryana, there was a story of how a Khap Panchayat decided that marriages would take place without the couple having to use their gotra and would instead use the name of their village instead. This is a big departure from the past, especially since it is a Khap Panchayat, traditionally associated with a regressive mindset and diktats, that is bringing about this change which in itself is a hugely welcome change.

Then there is the story of Sneha from the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu who fought a long and hard battle to obtain a certificate from the government stating her name to be simply Sneha, as she did not want her name to be associated with any caste or religion as she did not believe in these man made systems. So strong were her beliefs, that throughout her academic life, she never filled her ‘caste’ or ‘religion’ in any forms in school or college.

There are many such inspirational and enlightened people among us, who are working towards ridding our nation of divisive barriers arising out of differences in religion and caste. We, at The People’s Voice Society, stand side by side with such individuals and support them at every turn. We are also working tirelessly to spread awareness on such issues across the country and help bring about true national unity. Our vision is to one day see India as a developed economy, with an educated young, healthy and vibrant society, devoid of class divisions, peaceful and progressive. We urge all our readers to join us in our movement and support us in any way possible which would help us in realising our dream of a united India.

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