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Sikhism

Conclusion

In Sikh households, the selection of a marriage partner is arranged formally with parental approval. The idea of romantic love is gaining some popularity among contemporary youth, but economic, educational, and family considerations are still among the important factors in most decisions to marry. Caste endogamy is on the decline among Sikh professionals. Doctrinally, women enjoy complete equality, but in actual practice they have yet to achieve equal representation within various Sikh organizations. In the pluralistic societies of the postmodern world, where emphasis is being placed upon liberty, diversity, tolerance, and equality of race and gender, Sikh ideals are thoroughly in place and congenial to the developing values of the society.


See also: INDIA; RELIGION

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PASHAURA SINGH

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Marriage and Family EncyclopediaMarriage: Cultural AspectsSikhism - The Origins And Development Of Sikhism, Family In Sikh Thought And Practice, The Anand Marriage Ceremony