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.