Lala Lajpatrai's View on Hindu Marriages Bill

Lala Lajpatrai's View on Hindu Marriages Bill



It is with a sense of shame and humiliation that I have read of the opposition to Mr. Patel's Hindu Marriage Bill. It will be a great blow to our prestige and good name abroad if this extremely small measure of reform based on actual legal necessity is defeated on foolish sentimental grounds. They are poor champions of Hinduism who urge its rejection in the name and interests of Hindu Dharma and Hindu Society. It is true that in their ranks are some whose sincerity is beyond question; but the majority of those who are opposing it are men who are ready to indulge in every kind of free life for themselves, but who grudge. it in the case of others, specially to the other sex. They are still harping on the time-honoured authority of the Shastras and customs, forgetting that the authors of the Shastras have made a liberal provision for necessary changes in social life and customs in accordance with the needs of place and time (Desha Kal). The Shastras themselves contain abw1dant evidence of these changes. The great Rishis were too wise to forget that static society is an impossibility. Any tendency to make it static leads to stagnation, sterility and eventual extinction. Bold must be the man who can honestly maintain that the social life of the Hindus (of all sections and classes) has been the same even for a century at a time. Compare the customs of one period with those of another, and of one province with those of another province, and the process of change that has been going on for centuries becomes clearly visible. The Shastras made ample provision for the legal recognition of these changes. It is the rigidity and absurdity of the Judge-made law of the British Courts that has brought about the existing impasse in the marriage laws of the Hindus. A change such as is contemplated is an absolute necessity. Opposition to it is based on short-sighted partisanship and false notions of Dharma. The opponents of the Bill do not see the mote in their own eyes. They are probably the worst offenders against the so-called Varnashrama Dharma. But to be frank, where is the Varnashrama Dharma now in India? It is sheer dishonesty to oppose this reform on the ground of its being dangerous to Varnashrama Dharma, while the latter is a mere caricature of its original self. Unless we propose to live for ever and ever in our present degraded condition, it is absolutely necessary that our ideas of Varnashrama Dharma should be radically changed. Political democracy is a myth unless it is based on social and economic justice. The present caste system and the resultant restrictions on the liberties of men and women in the matter of marriage do not tend towards social and economic justice. The sooner we remodel our social and economic life on the broad basis of equal opportunity to all men and women, regardless of caste, colour, creed and sex, the better for our political future. Delays in social reconstruction must of necessity retard the realisation of our political hopes.




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