Kavitha Dineshkumar [Chennai] writes :- “I love Badaga community but I’m not a Badaga. My ganda (husband) is a Badaga. I am very proud to join this community. I will do something good for our community. Be proud of Badagas”.
Kavitha, we welcome your sentiments and hope, you are accepted into Badaga community with all joy and happiness. Though, there is some resistance among a section of Badagas for marriages from outside the community, personally, I feel after marriage the girl, if willing, should be accepted into community without any reservation. When I say, [the girl] willing, I mean, the girl should be prepared to accept all the customs and traditions of Badagas and be a good ‘sosay’ [daughter in law]. As mlle.Sumathi Halan mentioned somewhere else, ‘Let us accept that the society is changing and for us [Badagas] to progress, we have to be part of that change’ – Wg Cdr JP