Now, this is a word that gets thrown about a lot, in our conversations, and usually in random, irrational contexts.
And no, I’m not talking about the weird stuff biologists grow in their petri dishes, although that is actually a sensible activity…
It often feels like, when a certain type of people run out of logical arguments, then try to end the discussion by a very simple line,
“That is/isn’t our culture…”
And we would probably be more respectful of these people, if they weren’t so keen on eventually bribing strangers to sleep with their daughters.
After all, nothing says culture like auctioning off your children, does?
But if the same children try to date, or marry, someone of their own choice? Oh, Hell No!
It is sad that such thinking is still prevalent in our society… But, hey, we are what our parents made us… At least I was lucky in that aspect…
This topic always reminds me of a chapter we had in Class X, and of a very specific quote from the chapter… It is good to see NCERT doing its bit, to try to mould young minds in the right shape.
रूढ़ियाँ जब बंधन बन बोझ बनने लगें तब उनका टूट जाना ही अच्छा है।
-तताँरा वामीरो कथा, लीलाधर मंडलोई