India is a diverse country where people follow their religion, caste, faith,
culture and respect each other equally. We are familiar with the epic love
stories of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Laila-Majnu and songs featuring
Farhad and Shirin, where these personalities have proved that love knows
no boundaries. They are not mere fantasies but born of reality. When it
comes to inter-religion love, Indians have a skeptical mindset.
Today’s youth is open-minded towards the concept of inter-religion or inter-caste marriages, but the problem lies in elders and for them, it becomes very difficult to accept this idea of “mixed marriages”. They refuse it because they fear social norms, loss of reputation, cultural differences and pressure of society. When inter-religion love is not promoted, we as Indians
knowingly or unknowingly hamper the growth of the society, create a
cleavage among different peoples, and lack ‘national unity’.
It is unfortunate to see how religion is used as a tool for creating
controversies, conflicts and hatred among peoples of different beliefs.
Religion has become a business and source of power too. One of the burning examples is the 'Tanishq ad controversy'. It is also unfortunate when people support celebrities in this but fail to support the normal couples of the society. Older generations and uneducated people need to eliminate their old and inflexible thoughts to help our society live in peace and harmony. We as the younger generation should take this responsibility of making our elders understand that how this rigid system is diseased, how it hampers the progress of the nation and how it contains a dark side for the future generation. Our government has made different laws to support inter-caste and inter-religion marriages like “The Special Marriage Act, 1954”. This act provides a special form of marriage for the people of India and all Indian nationals in foreign countries, irrespective of the religion, or faith followed by either party. Many social activists, movies, plays have beautifully promoted inter-religion love and created awareness.
To conclude, India is still backward and adamant towards its caste and
religious system and for which many couples are forced to marry
irrespective of their choice. Inter-caste marriages are the only means of
completely eradicating the caste barriers in India, whether urban or rural.
The question still arises that when Indians will get the freedom of life and
choose life partners? When we will stand together as Indians first? When
we will support love? When will the roots of the caste system be
demolishing? The answer lies within us, the day we stand together as one
big family, every problem will dissolve automatically. To create a safe and
happy place, we Indians have a long way to go.
“Encourage inter-caste or inter-religion marriages and one day there will
exist no religion except humanity”- Akansh Malik.