Matrimonial politics

June 18, 2023

BEFORE the present period of polarisation, which has caused serious differences among even close relatives, it was not so difficult to decide whether a marriage proposal should be accepted or not.

In the good old days, one needed to ensure that the prospective groom had a good, stable job, was not addicted to alcohol or narcotics, and his family did not have any unscrupulous elements, like someone who had been convicted of a serious crime.

Not anymore. Now, in addition to these requirements, the main thing the girl’s parents want to know is which side of the political divide the candidate and his family happen to be, which television channels they watch, and which newspapers they read so that they may determine if their daughter will be happy if the proposal goes through. Who should we thank for this state of affairs?

Shakir Lakhani