India is a country that loves banning things. After beef and porn, it is now time for the weddings to get banned, even if temporarily. Before all the sanskari people jump in and accuse me of spreading fake news, let me give the clarification. No, the whole institution of marriage is not getting banned but now state governments are poking their nose in the private business of citizens. Recently, UP’s CM Yogi Adityanath put a ban on all the marriages in Allahabad during Kumbh Mela. Now, the Delhi government is thinking of capping the number of guests that one can invite!
Sounds ridiculous right? Though the thoughts behind the bans are valid, the act in itself it utterly injudicious. Let us break down the news for you to see the picture with absolute clarity.
Allahabad …err… PrayagRaj is famous for many things and one of them is the Kumbh Mela. People from different corners of India take part in this event. It is said that all your sins are washed away if you take a dip at the Ganges during the auspicious time of the mela. Keeping the religious sentiments aside, lakhs of devotees turn up to be a part of this event and it causes inconvenience to the public.
Naturally, the state government is responsible for handling any kind of discomfort caused by such footfall. So, the ‘bright minds’ of the state decided that the best way of dealing with any kind of inconvenience is by banning the weddings between January and March 2019. Wow!
An order was passed that stated wedding will not be allowed a day before and after the ‘Kumbh snaan’. The event will take place between January to March in 2019. The government clearly directed the people to either postpone their marriage date or shift the venue. This order was sent to the hotels and wedding venues. How convenient!
Let us take a look at discomfort it will cause to the people staying in Allahabad. To start with, the people who made an advance payment for their upcoming wedding are in a real fix. Will they get their money back? Then there are people who earn a huge share of their profit during this wedding season. What will happen of their earnings? If also people are shifting their venue then who will bear the extra cost that they have to pay for conducting the marriage somewhere away from their place of residence.
Well, you might think that the saffron-clad CM in UP is the only one who can do this. However, you would be wrong! Seems like Delhi government is following the footsteps of its neighbor and gearing up to poke their nose unnecessarily in the affairs of Aam Aadmi. The ‘illuminated’ personnel of the state government came up with the bright idea that they will soon cap the number of guests that one can invite in their wedding and other parties. Thinking WTF?
The reason cited is this will help in preventing food wastage and also help in avoiding the congestion of traffic. Delhi is a city with water shortage and excessive use of water in lavish wedding functions certainly adds on to that problem. However, interfering in a private ceremony like a wedding for dealing with the issues seems senseless.
While appearing before a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, Delhi’s chief secretary Vijay Kumar Dev stated:
‘Balance has to be maintained between the requirements of the rich and the poor living in the city. A vulgar and extravagant display of wealth by the rich cause public inconvenience.’
I agree that the reasons are quite valid but this vulgar showmanship of wealth is not exclusive to Delhi. Also, the fact that there are people who are dying of starvation in the state is concerning. But, is the answer given by Delhi government valid? Furthermore, what about the other parts of the nation which faces these issues too?
The issue of water shortage and traffic is due to the huge population of the state, will capping the number of guests solve it efficiently? Naturally, this is something that the Delhi government needs to answer.
This also brings us to another question. Will the celebrities, VIPs and VVIPs be exempted from this rule or will they comply and cut down the number of guests they invite in parties? That will be something interesting to see if and when this rule by Delhi Government comes into effect.
The netiznes had similar reactions on both the news. While some called it bizarre, others saw it as downright absurd. Here are some of the reactions:
Yogi Adityanath bans weddings during Kumbh Mela https://t.co/bfVljQwt1l
— premkumar (@premumakr) December 2, 2018
And General Rawat wants Pakistan to be secular.https://t.co/UrbAJYp2HN
Yogi Adityanath bans weddings during Kumbh Mela
— Azadi (@aazaadee) December 2, 2018
Brilliant idea as usual from foolish IAS officers instead of solving the problem curing symptoms
— Inderdeep Khurana (@InderdeepK) December 12, 2018
..first let’s limit population.. especially the jihadi ones.
— suretruth (@SureTrooth) December 12, 2018
What are your thoughts on this interference of government in the wedding of common Indian people? Why don’t you share your thoughts in the comments below?