GO­ING WEST

Marwar - - Contents - Com­piled by Joseph Rozario

There is a grow­ing trend among to­day’s Mar­waris to set­tle down in the West. As more and more young­sters move west­wards, the ques­tion that arises is will this grad­ual ex­o­dus mean a weak­en­ing of core val­ues for the com­mu­nity. MARWAR finds out.

There is a grow­ing trend among mod­ern gen­er­a­tions of Mar­waris to set­tle down in the West. As more and more young­sters move west­wards, the ques­tion that arises is will this grad­ual ex­o­dus mean a weak­en­ing of core val­ues for Mar­waris and a con­se­quent di­lu­tion of in­her­ent strengths as a tra­di­tional closeknit busi­ness com­mu­nity?

MARWAR finds out how Mar­waris feel about this trend from em­i­nent mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

AAYSHYA JHUNJHUNWALA Co-founder, Shaadil­ogy

For gen­er­a­tions, Mar­waris have had the in­nate abil­ity to iden­tify and seize busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. Hail­ing from Ra­jasthan, many early pi­o­neers dis­persed and set­tled across In­dia for bet­ter liveli­hoods. Re­mark­ably, while as­sim­i­lat­ing into lo­cal cul­tures, they con­tin­ued to main­tain ties within the com­mu­nity. It is not sur­pris­ing then that mod­ern Mar­waris are mi­grat­ing to other lands to ei­ther build their ca­reers or pur­sue their en­tre­pre­neur­ial dreams. In a way, they are car­ry­ing for­ward the legacy of their an­ces­tors. Fur­ther­more, ex­po­sure to in­ter­na­tional cul­ture and val­ues is an in­te­gral part of a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion. This is sim­ply a con­se­quence of progress and should be en­cour­aged. Or­gan­i­sa­tions run by Mar­waris in coun­tries such as Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Thai­land, UAE and UK sug­gest that Mar­waris pride them­selves in their abil­ity to form tight com­mu­ni­ties abroad as well. We, there­fore, be­lieve that while young Mar­waris will em­brace lo­cal cul­tures, they will con­tinue to be drawn to their roots.

PRASHANT SARAWGI Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, SR Arte­facts Pvt Ltd

I don’t re­ally agree with this. The Mar­wari com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially joint fam­i­lies usu­ally have enough op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery in­com­ing mem­ber in the busi­ness. Also, you will no­tice that many Mar­wari boys and girls study­ing in top uni­ver­si­ties abroad have come back and started new and suc­cess­ful en­ter­prises. The core value of Mar­wari fam­i­lies is to stay to­gether and work in the in­ter­est of the joint fam­ily. Even at the time of fam­ily sep­a­ra­tions, it’s mostly done by the el­dest mem­bers of the joint fam­ily, whose de­ci­sions are usu­ally ac­cepted grace­fully by oth­ers. There is a grow­ing trend nowa­days among Mar­waris to send their chil­dren over­seas for higher stud­ies. If it were in­deed true that they set­tle down abroad af­ter higher stud­ies, this trend would have been on the de­cline, but on the con­trary, it is on the rise. Ac­tu­ally, the ex­o­dus is usu­ally seen in other com­mu­ni­ties, where they do not have enough op­por­tu­ni­ties for their chil­dren when they re­turn home. In case of Mar­waris, the fam­ily wealth, tra­di­tions and fam­ily base bring them back.

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