Addressing Colourism, Caste, and Prejudice In Indian Matchmaking

8 sep 2020
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When Indian Matchmaking launched back in July it started a lot of conversation. While widely enjoyed, it sparked debate about colourism, casteism, religious prejudice, and gender inequality, both in Indian society and on-screen. Some felt the show didn't do enough to address those topics, so we have reunited mathmaker Sima Taparia with the show creator Smriti Mundhra to have a conversation about that.
The chat was moderated by the wonderful Almass Badat, a London born creative Director and DJ with Indian roots.
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Addressing Colourism, Caste, and Prejudice In Indian Matchmaking
Matchmaker Sima Taparia guides clients in the U.S. and India in the arranged marriage process, offering an inside look at the custom in a modern era.

  • If someone wants fairer, darker, shorter, fatter partner to marry, its their own decision. You can't force your social justice over peoples life partner choices.

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  • Just finished watching the show. wow what a male dominated culture we are. I do not think Aparna is that bad she amongst other characters really highlight the double standards of men v women. If Aparna was a man she would not be as attacked. Guys want somebody mentally/ physically attractive but women have to overcome a guys flaws and accept him. Girls are expected to be open minded, loving and positive. I never hear Sema aunty say about a girl- she is such nice person, so loving so deserves somebody who will love and accept who she is. Girls are usually told to lose weight (unless you fair skinned), get more money, dress particular way etc. No girl should have to "compromise" and be patient and be expected to have shining personality because she does not look a particular way unless it is expected off the men. Also the show displaying how indian men and women are portrayed when comes divorce. Indian women are expected if they are not pretty/career women to go for a divorced man it shown as they should accept it otherwise they have trust issues/identity issues but for a woman it is a big taboo. Generally men should not suffer for their past or for the actions of loved ones but women should because only men can have great character qualities and it is celebrated. For women it is expected. I also find it ironic the sikh father does not like americans in his or other indian families as spouses sorry so funny. I dont agree with Richa but the double standards are apparent there too. Girls arent allowed have preferences when it comes to skintone it is shamed by Sema Aunty via her face. But when comes grooms she puts emphasis on fair skin and happy to cater to guys preference. It is funny how people do discriminate by caste but do it via skintone. Very interesting show. People should watch the show i learned A LOT.

    Thyself LoveThyself LoveMánuði síðan
  • You know

    Stegra 123Stegra 123Mánuði síðan
  • Please look at my review also of Indian Matchmaking -:

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  • Gwarn Almass! Looking delightful and facilitated a great conversation!

    Liga LuvLiga LuvMánuði síðan
    • thank you!!

      Almass BadatAlmass BadatMánuði síðan
  • It seems that non-white countries are more intolerant, unethical and backwards than others.

    LaLaGrungeLaLaGrungeMánuði síðan
  • This happens everywhere, India is open about it.

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  • Karnataka OP

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  • Gulbarga OP

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    • Not a problem for me since I mostly watch international shows and movies these days.

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  • I think it's sick, selling your kids to be raped by someone they don't know. Indian parents are heartless.

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  • The only Netflix Channel which gives me video essays and informative content

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  • casteism is not due to colonisation...

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    • It was enforced during colonization, because it makes it easier to rule a divided country.

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  • It's just not India that's OBSESSED with "fair skin" or white skin. Skin whitening cream is a Billion dollar industry in all parts of Asia. Just look at the commercials that come out of India, Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam.

    theylied1776theylied1776Mánuði síðan
    • @LaLaGrunge i think you need to read up on Indian history before you start saying Indians only have themselves to blame

      Rishi RupareliaRishi RupareliaMánuði síðan
    • @LaLaGrunge Except in the case of the Philippines, where Spanish heritage is valued above others as a result of 3 centuries of colonization, even today

      Castle GardenCastle GardenMánuði síðan
    • People of Asia have only themselves to blame. Not White Europeans.

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  • 5

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  • Who’s watching in 2025?

    MarkyyyMarkyyyMánuði síðan
    • I'm watching in 2025 BCE

      Creepy BucketCreepy BucketMánuði síðan
    • @mccarraa a little too late, don’t you think?

      MarkyyyMarkyyyMánuði síðan
    • I'm watching in 1820

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  • First

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    • No ❤

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