Love in India

For many people, getting married is one of the main goals of their lives. Deciding whom you want to spend the rest of your life with is an important decision to make. However, in the article “The Freedom to Love” by A.R. Vasavi, in many places around the world parents choose whom they want their children to marry. Arranged marriages occur because it is believed that young people are not wise enough and experienced enough to make that decision. The parents are older and wiser so they are thought to be able to make the best choice for their children. In India, marriages based on love are becoming more popular, and some people see it as a way to rebel against parents and the community. The influence of marriages in other countries on India is causing a lot of conflict. India is being influenced by a genre of “love” films, television, and songs. Parents are not happy with the violation of religion and cast prescribed marital choices. A political party called the India People’s Party and the Hindutva are trying to retain the traditional practices rather than having the influence from foreign countries. In some cities, like Bangalore, protesters have parades on Valentine’s Day to support the right to love. This conflict between Hindutva vigilantes and the protesters who want the right to love is affecting the democracy and people’s democratic rights. I do believe that traditional values are an important part of culture and society, but that should not prevent people from having the right to make their own decisions.