‘Unity in Diversity’ is a statement commonly used to refer to India. It means that though India has a rich heritage of different cultures, castes, and religions yet it is united in its feeling of being an Indian. Such feel-good statements are generally used in newspapers, magazines, talk shows, etc. to show the brighter side of the nation. However, the reality is quite different. India is a country that witnesses caste conflicts through communal riots, atrocities on the lower caste, and opposition to inter-caste unions.

Attitude towards Inter-Caste Marriages In India

Inter-caste marriage is one such union where the staunch castiest nature of people comes on the surface. It has challenged the strong foundation of the institution of arranged marriages. Inter-caste marriage is an arrangement where a boy and a girl belonging to different caste decide to enter into wedlock. As per the rural culture of small towns and villages, marriage or even an intention to marry a person of different caste brings disgrace to the family of both the boy and the girl. Family members don’t hesitate to kill their beloved brother or sister, son or daughter, niece or nephew in order to set an example for others and save the family from disgrace. Such honor killings speak about the sad state of real India.

However, urban India has still accepted the concept of cross marriage to an extent. Such types of marriages are on a rise in metro cities because more and more females are going out to study or work. As a result both boys and girls get an opportunity to mingle with each other, which in turn, may lead to relationships more than friendships. Secondly, financial independence, and exposure at an early age has empowered the youth to take critical decisions of their lives independently. They are not dissuaded by the fear of been disowned by their families. On the other hand, parents fear separation from children if they oppose the union. In most of the cases, parents then accept the liking of their children for their happiness and for saving the family bonding.

A certain section of people, irrespective of their caste, creed, and status have started realizing that a successful marriage sustains on mutual understanding and compatibility. It is not imperative that the partners have to belong to the same culture to know each other better. Today, there are many cases where people belonging to two different cultures are living happily.