In a unique way of getting married in these turbulent time, a bride and a groom took vows for their marriage on a copy of Indian Constitution of India in Odisha on Republic Day. They also read out the Preamble and promised to remain secular in their outlook.
According to a report in The Telegraph, Arijit Mohapatra (27) and Shivalika Pradhan (25) shunned the traditional rituals, baraat and band.
The ceremony lasted for 15 minutes after which 150 guests sat down for the feast.
“I don’t believe in gods; I believe in my work and I treat my parents as gods. For me, the Constitution is the binding force that unites all,” said Arijit as quoted by Telegraph. The 27-year-old is an entrepreneur and son of a doctor. He is an MBA, Arijit formerly worked with a bank.
The 25-year-old Shivalika is a mathematics gold medallist from Ravenshaw University. She gives tuitions and is preparing to start a career as a college lecturer.
On being asked why he chose to take marriage vows in the name of the Constitution, he said, “I believe that it’s because of the Constitution that the integrity and unity of India have held on so far. The Constitution treats everyone as a human being and as an Indian, (it does) not treat people on the basis of caste, creed or religion,” said Arijit.
“I was brought up in an atmosphere where caste, creed and religion had no significance. When I proposed to my would-be wife that we should set an example, she agreed. She is now my soul mate.”
The bride said, “My father worked in the navy. I have travelled across India and realised that it’s the Constitution that binds us. When Arijit suggested this unique marriage, I agreed. My parents too agreed. They wanted their son-in-law to be an educated person and (were not bothered) which caste or religion he belonged to.”
Manjulata, the groom’s mother said, “Arijit is my only child. I want his happiness. Not only me, but all my relatives are also happy.”
They also revealed that both the families had asked relatives not to bring any gifts. The couple left for Bali on Monday night for their honeymoon.
President of the Odisha Rationalist Society, Devendra Sutar, said, “We should encourage all kinds of marriages. Young people should know about our Constitution and its secular values. Besides, this sort of wedding is less expensive and is not a burden on the girl’s family.”