CHANG­ING WITH THE TIMES

Marwar - - Contents - Com­piled by Crys­tal D’sa

A more lib­eral out­look has trig­gered a trans­for­ma­tion in Mar­wari so­ci­ety re­cently. MAR­WAR spoke to en­trepreneurs and a pro­fes­sional from the com­mu­nity to find that both the older and younger gen­er­a­tions to­day are quite re­cep­tive to cross-cul­tural in­flu­ences.

A more lib­eral out­look to­wards ed­u­ca­tion and glob­al­i­sa­tion has trig­gered a trans­for­ma­tion in Mar­wari so­ci­ety in re­cent times. MAR­WAR spoke to en­trepreneurs and a pro­fes­sional from the com­mu­nity to find that con­ser­vatism is a thing of the past and that both the older and younger gen­er­a­tions to­day are quite re­cep­tive to cross-cul­tural in­flu­ences, be it in busi­ness or life­style.

SHIVANI KHETAN Founder & Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Peo­ple Solutions

The new gen­er­a­tion Mar­wari has a global out­look ow­ing to the uni­tary fam­ily sys­tem and ex­po­sure brought about by the world­wide me­dia boom. To­day, Mar­wari girls are en­cour­aged to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion and are of­ten sent abroad for the same. Work­ing Mar­wari wives are quite com­mon nowa­days as well. Wired for hard work ge­net­i­cally, Mar­waris have im­bibed the global cul­ture too. Cross-cul­tural mar­riage is no more a taboo with most Mar­wari families, es­pe­cially in ur­ban ar­eas. They may ap­pear to have aban­doned tra­di­tional val­ues, but those that are rel­e­vant in the con­tem­po­rary world are still embed­ded in all Mar­waris who are adaptive, prag­matic and progressive!

NIKHIL AGAR­WAL

Som­me­lier & Direc­tor, All Things Nice

To be hon­est, I haven’t grown up in the most tra­di­tional of Mar­wari house­holds. In our fam­ily, as long as you live life in­tel­li­gently and aren’t reck­less, your choices are re­spected. Yes, my mother doesn’t eat non-veg­e­tar­ian food but that doesn’t re­strict me. With drinks too, if one is re­spon­si­ble, how does it mat­ter? I think we need to lift the veil. Tons of Mar­waris are part of the All Things Nice mem­ber base who en­joy wine and food from the world over. In fact, some of our big­gest clients are Mar­wari busi­ness houses. I be­lieve the younger gen­er­a­tions are in­de­pen­dent and smart enough to take their own de­ci­sions, whether it is about their diet or ca­reer choices.

ATHANG JAIN Man­age­ment Trainee, Jain Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tems Ltd.

In­ter­na­tional com­merce, mass me­dia and con­nec­tiv­ity have ex­posed us to cul­tures that are very dif­fer­ent from ours. Change in cul­tures is sim­i­lar to the con­cept of evo­lu­tion in­so­much that traits which are no longer nec­es­sary for sur­vival even­tu­ally phase out. The only way to know which change to wel­come is to be open about ideas and dis­cuss them. The choice of a veg­e­tar­ian diet by most tra­di­tional Mar­waris has its ori­gins in the prin­ci­ple of non­vi­o­lence. It is not just an ir­ra­tional blan­ket ban on meat. Cer­tain other cus­toms like sati have been abol­ished. In­stead of bla­tantly op­pos­ing or ac­cept­ing some­thing as gospel truth, we must de­bate the rea­sons be­hind them.

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