19 January, 2021

Chopper Weddings And After

Some leaders of the community speak out against ostentation and dowry

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Chopper Weddings And After

No wedding can escape the mandatory post-mortem in India. So when it came to what is being touted as India’s most expensive wedding—costing Rs 100-250 crore, depending on the version one believes—it’s no surprise that the autopsy has been just as large-scale. And if you’re wondering what wedding, then you clearly haven’t had your dose of masala news channels and trashy supplements this month. They had all gone to town on the March 4 nuptials of Lalit, son of Kanwar Singh Tanwar, the richest candidate to contest the 2009 Lok Sabha elections with a declared net worth of Rs 155 crore, with Yogita, daughter of former Sohna MLA Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria. Especially because the event was marked by such indulgences as Neha Dhupia’s dance to Sheela ki jawani and, more prominently, the gift of a helicopter in dowry.

For the upwardly mobile Gujjar community, to which the two families belong, such fancy weddings are not a rarity. Ritzy vehicles and farm estates are standard presents at these...



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