November 16, 2021

On Caste, Love And Marriages In India

William Shakespeare once said, “What is in a name?” Had he been in India, he would have surely uttered, “What’s in a surname?”

Yes, you read it right!

When it comes to marriage, which is nevertheless a socially approved sexual contract, ‘surname’ plays a huge role. For what? Well, surname introduces the ‘caste’ preference. Casteist parents often prefer an arranged marriage system for their offspring so that their “izzat” (honour), a euphemism for ‘social anxiety’, is well-respected.

Representational image.

I contrite for using the ‘apex fallacy’ here but it’s a common experience faced and observed by many…

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