Essay The Importance of Family in the Indian Culture
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According to Eugene M. Makar, “Traditional Indian culture is defined by relatively strict social hierarchy.” He also mentions that from an early age, children are reminded of their roles and places in society. In my culture, family is given the first importance. This leads to limited freedom in career choices and no independence, particularly for women. Career choices and independence should be the first priority for any individual. In my culture, the choices made by a family member are mostly guided by the rules and goals of the culture, irrespective of how old they are. Children in my culture are not given freedom of choice nor are their views considered unless they start earning. I strongly disagree with this ideology of my culture.…show more content…
Since parents of a girl child have to go through all this, especially providing the dowry, female infanticide rate is very high. Only when people of my culture come out of the loop holes of traditions and stop blindly following them, giving importance to family makes sense.
Married women are expected to have children as soon as possible irrespective of their careers and interests. When a woman argues for having children at right time, elders of the family, especially mother-in-laws, don’t
accept her decision. This is another issue where woman has no right to decide. Carries Friedman in her article says, “Becoming apparent was your decision, and I am thrilled for you. All I’m asking is that you let me make that choice in my own time. And keep your hands off my belly” (363). Women should have the right to decide important life choices like education, choosing a life partner, having children and careers.
Giving importance to family helps children. When the decisions taken by the parents are guided by giving importance to family, children are given extra care. This is good to some extent. If children are pestered often to grow up to the cultural expectations then its gets frustrating.
Children should be taught to respect their culture and should be encouraged to develop good moral values. But if culture is used to influence their life decisions, it can have negative consequences on children, especially teens. For example, Brahmins, one of the castes in
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