Allied to this problem, two more questions can be raised: Do the
Hindu scriptures Prohibit inter dining, which pre supposes
transcending the caste barrier? Does inter marriage have their
Many of the Dharmasastras permit even the Brahmanas to accept food
from persons who are of pure character, whatever be their caste.
Hence the Hindu scriptures do not certainly come in the way of inter
dining. Perhaps, in the present day Hindu society this may go a long
way in integrating its various warring groups. The same
Dharmasastras have accepted 'Anuloma vivaha', according to which men
of higher caste groups could marry women of the lower caste groups.
'Pratiloma vivaha', the converse of the rule, was also prevalent
even from ancient times. Hence it is to be conceded that inter caste
marriage has not been prohibited by the Hindu religious works.
However, even in the present day society.
inter caste marriages give rise to adverse reactions. Since it is a
sensitive issue, the solution should be evolved out of consensus and
not by coercion. Whenever parents and elders of the couple
concerned, concur with their wards, both the caste groups should co
operate in bringing about the marriage. When
such concurrence is not there, the respective elders can try to
dissuade their wards by impressing upon them the repercussions of
their step. If they do not succeed, then, it is better to leave the
solution to the couple concerned. It is enough if they
lead a Dharmic life. However, it is advisable or
even necessary that the various sub castes and groups under
each Varna at least, should gradually merge into one unit.
The best solution to this vexed problem
is the one suggested by Swami Vivekananda' He envisaged and
envisioned a casteless society by a levelling up of the society
through proper education which contributes towards economic,
cultural and spiritual upliftment. Till such time, the forward
sections of the society need to give a helping hand to the backward
sections to move up rather than exploit them, even as elder brothers
and sisters lovingly care for their handicapped younger brothers or