Marriages made for monetary convenience are harming society
With reference to Aamir Khan’s article It’s really your life (Special to HT, May 21), marriage in India is an exercise in brand promotion. Parents want their kids to marry an alpha human. The culture of arranged marriages makes women vulnerable and weak in the social hierarchy. A marriage based on considerations of money is inherently unstable. Every individual must be allowed to choose his or her life partner without their parents’ interference.
Kanishka Pathak, via email
The alarming rise in female foeticide is linked to the extravagance of the Indian wedding. Parents of daughters dread the marriage of the daughter when they will have to part with large sums of money for dowry. Anti-dowry laws have not been strictly implemented and the government has chosen to accept the practice. The media must play a prominent role in publicly shaming those who accept dowry.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
Cities for one and all
Samar Halarnkar in Fear over the cities (Maha Bharat, May 24) is right in expressing concern over the state of public spaces in urban India. As our cities have grown at a frenetic pace over the last two decades of economic liberalisation, our focus seems to have shifted towards developing private or commercial spaces rather than open, civic ones. This is a consequence of increasing social inequality and a skewing of our priorities towards the preferences of the elite. Every planned city in the world is great because of its open spaces, monuments, parks, museums, and riversides. We need large shifts in priorities and power structures to make our cities great for all and not just a few.
Sumeet Agarwal, via email