Home is where Family is
The richness of being Indian lies in strong family bonding. Our lives are inseparable from our families. We create moments of togetherness and cherish forever. It’s a common practice in Indian households to sit together and relish sumptuous meal. Chatting, laughing, playing are so instinctive that unreal modes of entertainment take a back seat. We celebrate our extravagant festivals unitedly and welcome joy.
One member of the tribe faces a problem, all others stand like a wall to help him. Togetherness is our strength and we are proud of it.
Our joint families preserve and nurture the cultural value system and exhibit a strong cohesive force. Introduction of the nuclear family was a necessity but it is depleting our value system.
Today I’m discussing the role of joint family in the changing scenario of society.
1) Indian families are institutions in themselves that teach qualities like patience, sympathy, sharing and understanding, naturally.
The rise in the number of nuclear families is making people more and more insensitive towards the needs of others.
2) In joint families, children respect elders and are keen to learn from them. They listen to moral stories from grandparents and learn everyday wisdom from elders.
With the shortening of extended families, children are fast becoming self-centred. View this from a larger angle and you will see delinquents and criminals growing up in our ‘small, proud homes’.
3) Strong bonding among family members develops a sense of security and this is the beauty of a big family.
Nuclear families feel alone and insecure in the absence of closely knit clan. Result? They don’t believe in others and display traits of anger and possessiveness.
4) Children growing up in a joint family imbibe qualities of patience, tolerance, confidence to speak in a group and sportsmanship.
Nuclear family children are less tolerant and are more likely to indulge in fights and brawls.
I’m not glorifying nuclear families because I can feel there’s a decay in the moral characters of the citizens of India with the rise in small families. I admit that many times it becomes difficult to live with the extended family but young people have started avoiding living with seniors. When a society forgets its values, the decay is not far. I request my fellow citizens to revive the Indian values and save the goodness of our nation.