Love Marriages vs. Arranged Marriages

In the United States, we have become very accustomed to the idea of love. The eternal quest for love and finding someone you want to spend the rest of your life with is ingrained culturally into our society. Each person is expected to find that one other person who they want to be with. The idea of love almost seems universal. However, in many countries such as India, marriages are not based off of love. Instead, individuals are matched by their families with other individuals who they believe will create a good match and will protect the reputation of the family. Recently, there has been an uprising among the youth of India where they are fighting for the right to marry who they love. This article discussed the battle between those who would like to incorporate love marriages into Indian culture and the government who wants the practices of marriage to stay traditional. This article was incredibly interesting to read, however I felt as if it was biased and did not look at the situation from an anthropological perspective. Although the idea of arranged marriages seems very foreign and constricting and many of us from the United States do not agree with it, anthropologists have to examine how the practice of arranged marriage makes sense in that cultural context. I don’t think that this article really examined why the tradition of arranged marriage has been occurring in India and other countries for so many generations and only talked about the subject from a Western mindset. I think especially for anthropologists it is important to remember that all cultural practices have a reason for happening, even if it doesn’t seem to make sense in our cultural context.