Hindu Mommy

September 15, 2006

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi? (Will you marry me?)

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 12:24 pm

The Indian government has suggested financial incentives of $1,100 be offered to people who marry members of the lowest Hindu castes

_39536216_earliercouple203.jpgWhat the heck is the government thinking????

It sounds suspiciously similar to bribing kids with candy to get them to do something…Of course, they will do it!

I’m sure this scheme will be a resounding success – Probably even more than the government expects because people of other castes will try to convert and participate in the scheme for money


Are any of these marriages actually going to be work?

If the government really has lots of money to hand out, maybe they should start using it for making sure that we don’t overtake China as the most populous nation or for making sure that we are a cleaner nation – everytime you pick up trash from the road and put it in the trash can – you will get paid a dollar !!

Read more at A penny for your Inter-caste marriages, please.



  1. Instead of using the money as an incentive to marry into the lower castes, the government should encourage and put the money into heavy propoganda to show that intermarriage of the castes is okay. I don’t think many people will take the offer because religion, honor, and dignity is more important than money, some would rather be poor and starve rather than marry someone “spiritually poorer” than them.

    Comment by Daijinryuu — September 17, 2006 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

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  3. Hey everyone…just came across this blog. I was tempted to read people response on this since i’m who belong to so called upper caste family, engaged with a guy from lower caste. This idea of rewarding people for marrying intercaste is ridiculous. Marriage with money … it can not work. When you really think you want to marry a person, the caste should come in the end. I agree with idea of providing education to overcome these caste barriers. If one reads thru the indian history, we would realize how these caste systems have evolved. Eventually they have been misinterperetd and misutilized by people itself and finally now have led to this huge issue of discrimination. If one asks me if after marriage i would want to take the benefits of these reservations, i would refuse totally. And i think this caste based discrimination at times adds to the reasons why the new-gen ppl like to settle down in other countries. If in future i get to become the victim, we would also plan the same rather than taking the money and reservation benefits.
    Hey, government ..give me break…pride, honor, dignity & respect are important than money.
    We are the only country following untouchability. India is full of talents & potential along with lack of education and povert. Make some better ideas for its uplifting. Rewarding people going for intercastemarriages in public could be a better idea than rewarding them with money.

    When i hear the IndiaPoised Anthem, i feel my spirit uplifted but then i feel this increasing discrimination is spreading like a disease and breaking the spirit.

    Comment by findmyworld — January 14, 2007 @ 5:22 am | Reply

  4. @Findmyworld:
    I agree…it;s ridiculous that the Indian government is paying people to marry a lower caste person.
    I commend you for what you are doing . Wishing you all the best in your engagement and best wishes for a long prosperous happy married life

    P.S. I Love the IndiaPoised Anthem too – it illustrates the duality of India so well

    Comment by hindumommy — January 14, 2007 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  5. got to read ur comment today only.
    its ironic that we are brought-up all the time for treating everyone equal. And when it comes to marriage, the caste is the first thing we consider. India is the only country where untouchability is followed.

    I also m facing problems in convincing my parents for this. Its so painful to see that they also feel crippled because of these useless caste barriers created by ppl. I’m sure there must be lot of other youngesters like me who want to break these barriers. But government is utilizing such a personal and sensitive decision for their own advantage. What a pity !!
    I may rather leave this country and live life without these barriers.

    Comment by findmyworld — January 27, 2007 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

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