Getting this wrong

Mrs Ranjan’s supporters point out that Indians spend a staggering one fifth of their lifetime earnings on weddings.

The fathers of girls in particular save for their entire lives to amass a dowry that will secure for their daughters the best match possible in a respectable home. Even among the mega-rich, men mortgage their homes and sell off assets to pay for the weddings.

India’s recent cash crisis that followed Narendra Modi’s surprise decision to scrap the country’s two largest banknotes at a moment’s notice has underscored the precarious financial position in which households place themselves during wedding season.

Thousands of weddings went to the wall because fathers could no longer pay dowries with their now-worthless savings.

Dowries don’t pay for the wedding you twit.

11 comments on “Getting this wrong

  1. I think that this is complaining about a trivial side effect of a monumentally stupid economic policy when you should be complaining about the monumentally stupid economic policy.

    Besides, who cares? If Indians are happy to save for their daughters’ weddings, why does it bother anyone else? It is not compulsory. Let them marry them off cheap to some untouchable if they like. Or let them save if they want to have a really big do. Who claims such God-like power they can decide what Indians should or should not derive satisfaction from?

  2. Cor blimey, I wish I could have got loads of money when I got married, as opposed to spending loads of money!

  3. Thousands of weddings went to the wall because fathers could no longer pay dowries with their now-worthless savings.

    I originally read that as:

    “Thousands of weddings went to the wall because fathers could no longer pay dowries for their now-worthless daughters.”

  4. Can’t read The Times but they’re making the mistake, as you suggest, of mixing up the enormous cost of an Indian wedding and a dowry ( already illegal )

    I got married in India and the cost was, if I’m honest, pretty outrageous, but virtually no one who has a pricey wedding pays a dowry.

    Certainly, the MPs aren’t going to pass a law limiting how much they can show off at their daughters’ weddings.

  5. “Thousands of weddings went to the wall because fathers could no longer pay dowries for their now-worthless daughters.”

    Me too!

  6. Isn’t the point rather that in the absence of the agreed dowry, the groom-to-be hoofs it and hence the wedding is called off.

  7. So what? Just get married without a wedding, like wot I did. 30 quid, sign on the dotted line.

    … 300 quid to get divorced 20 years later…

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