Survey of young people shows traditions surrounding caste and hierarchy falling by the wayside as technology redefines attitudes. The findings appear at odds with the more conservative attitudes common in India about marriage, the role of wives, the privileges and entitlements accorded to men, and the importance of marrying someone of the same caste. Intercaste marriages remain rare. In an effort to encourage them, many state governments now offer money to couples when one partner is from a low caste or is a Dalit formerly known as untouchable.
What are the Differences Between Dating in the US and India?
The dynamics of dating in the Indian subcontinent are quite unique in their own right. In India, the traditional values still hold a grave importance when it comes to dating. The results of this are slowly brewed love affairs which have a charm of their own. Dating in India, a few decades ago, was on the mercy of discreet locations and clandestine encounters. The reason was that dating was scorned upon by the majority of population in the past, especially the elder population.
Dating and marriage: Tradition meets tension in Indian-American homes
A bride during a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony in Punjab, India. An Indian Hindu wedding ceremony in progress. It is a union of two individuals as spouses, and is recognized by liveable continuity. In Hinduism, marriage is not followed by traditional rituals for consummation. In fact, marriage is considered complete or valid even without consummation because the marriage is between two souls and it is beyond the body.
In India there is no greater event in a family than a wedding, dramatically evoking every possible social obligation, kinship bond, traditional value, impassioned sentiment, and economic resource. In the arranging and conducting of weddings, the complex permutations of Indian social systems best display themselves. Marriage is deemed essential for virtually everyone in India. For the individual, marriage is the great watershed in life, marking the transition to adulthood. Generally, this transition, like everything else in India, depends little upon individual volition but instead occurs as a result of the efforts of many people.