17 November 2016


Inter-Religious Marriages:
                                                         An inter-faith couple typically follows a pair of religions that teach very different beliefs and practices about deity, humanity and the rest of the universe. Conflicts are not easily resolved. Many people believe that their religious beliefs were revealed by one or more Gods and/or Goddesses, and are thus absolutely true. Further, they believe that other religions were invented by humans and are thus lacking in validity. There is often no room to compromise without one spouse giving up some of their belief.
                                              The new generation of people do not realize the problems associated with inter-religious marriage. Love marriages without social or family support either do not last long or the girl suffers in silence. When a girl or a boy marries from another religion, thinks only of his relationship with the girl he loves, he goes blind and selfish. The couple never realize the problems their parents and their siblings are going to face from the society and relatives, because of their inter religious marrage.There are instances where the sisters or brother remained unmarried or were forced to marry to a less deserving partner, it’s like a mixed breed dog which has a less market value.
                                          Imagine a Hindu girl who has been brought up with vegetarian diet and worshipping of Hindu Gods and Goddesses from childhood, marries a Muslim or Christian boy? Their culture and her culture will be totally different. She has to adjust and start eating beef or other forbidden foods which she had never taken in her life. Soon she will realize her mistake but by that time she has become a second hand car. The dreams would soon vanish. First she has to be converted to a Muslim then marry. In India certain Hindu male celebrities take advantage of Muslim law and get converted to Muslim and marry another actress or model.
                                  The parents are totally responsible for the rise in inter-caste and inter religious marriages. One should remember that for thousands of years certain set of rules and guidelines have been followed by our ancestors. There must be some logic behind it; we just can’t say its bull sit? Human beings are basically opportunistic, they do what suits them most or in other words where money is there is love and everything. In most cases of inter religious marriages are due to money or celebrity factors. If any day we would read the news that Ex-president’s daughter married an American white, then we can comment that yes ‘Americans are really very broad minded’. Present generation of parents think their child is still a baby, even though he or she has crossed 30 years. Unfortunately our next generation follow the western culture as ultimate and forget own parents and religion. Because the most of the girls have started earning they have developed a dam care attitude towards their parents and society and have multiple boyfriends or sex partners and get ditched.
                                         I just wanted to express my view on these ‘dream world’ marriages. At present the human, character, social, cultural and moral values are in cross roads. Best is leave the children to their own destiny to suffer or get divorced or commit suicide or remain unmarried throughout life, choice is theirs.
Sanjoy Satpathy

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