Will marriage as an institution survive after two decades in India?It is a fabulous subject in sociology. It is called marriage. It is a sacred institution in India at the moment. It has lived it's course, though it has undergone some transformation in one way or the other. For example, inter-caste weddings are very common, almost everywhere in India. In New Delhi and Mumbai, one does find the inter-State weddings in terms of love marriages.
The young are now beginning to really question everything. They are really trying to suggest that they could be friends even without a marriage and even have kids. One really does not know the legal implications, but this is seemingly the way it is in the advanced Western countries.
The young who are highly educated and earn upwards of one hundred thousand rupees, post tax per month in the metros ( most of them even earn three times this amount) , are in the forefront of challenging the very notion of marriage. Around four years ago, I was witness to what is now called the Arya Samaj Wedding, where one Hindi priest did everything in Hindi and it was all over within 30 mts in Bangalore. it was a huge lawn with appropriate arrangements and I was later told that four such weddings took place in the same venue. The parents had also agreed for the change. Perhaps it was a bit cheaper than the regular weddings but the huge mantra that goes along in Sanskrit, spread over two days, was entirely missing.
So, will our marriages survive, at all, after 20 years?