First of all, I must thank Maneck Davar for having a lady on the stage. To my brothers, my Marwari brothers and the community, I am very happy to be here, because the basic discussion is about culture and ethics. I am a baniya and I am proud to be a baniya. Whatever Marwaris have done for the society in India is phenomenal. I disagree with Aman that they have become ostentatious. Basically they derive pleasure out of simplicity, and they are totally connected to their roots. Any Marwari household you go to will serve vegetarian food, which is fantastic. Marwaris, even now—I don’t know about the younger generations—know a lot about the culture, the adaas, the pranam, the basic courtesy… it’s ingrained in them. Basically, I think culture is a very integral part of Marwaris; they stick to it, all their children stick to it. They are very articulate in what they do.
Marwaris have created a lot of jobs over the period of time.
Marwaris today, I would think are more open-minded. They are getting their girls into business, which for me is a very important step forward; they are sending their girls abroad to study and they are getting married into business families. I think they’re giving their girls better opportunities to stand up for themselves.
I also want to say that Marwari housewives have been a great support to their husbands, and Marwari ladies should be credited too; it’s not a patriarchal society… I think education for girls also is a fabulous idea. Marwaris are extremely progressive in their thinking and that’s why they are so successful.