Friday 30 November 2012

Author(s): Richard Mahapatra

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  • I don't know much about the

    I don't know much about the functioning of Khap panchayats, though, one occasionally reads about some heated arguments.
    However, one must not lose sight of the fact that the custom of not marrying within gotras irrespective of any blood relation is age old. In fact it is a remnant of the legacy of the village democracy of ancient India. At that time this custom was essential part of the polity and was necessary to maintain equality among all people. It was a guard against caste divisions or inhuman classification of people which later became the norm in our society.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Kudos for this piece of write

    Kudos for this piece of write up! The write-up would be more articulative if author put at least one example how the property was divided or lessen after a girl was married to same gotra or village or adjacent villages. Such kind of practice was very common Bhumiyar caste (land lord caste) in Bihar where one or two male-youth of a family was discouraged for marriage. Theory was simple not to further divide their ancestral properties. But such practices has not been seen in this generation. The forced bachelors were used to rape dalits and involved in other for-bidden practices. They made habit of doing the things under carpet.
    By the way, I enjoyed this writing. It is always a learning experience to read Richard.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
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