MUMBAI: Jnanpith winner and acclaimed Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade known for speaking his mind has said that there is nothing wrong with couples having a ‘fling’ outside marriage.
“There should not be any objection if a married man/woman has a love beau/belle,” Nemade said during a public interview in Pune on Sunday. He was talking in the context of India’s marital system. Critics Avinash Sapre and Prachi Gujar-Padhye had interviewed Nemade, a staunch supporter of indigenous values, on the occasion of the inauguration of a book gallery.
Explaining his stand on the relations between a man and a woman, Nemade cited the example of Draupadi from Mahabharat. “We have had an ancient tradition of open relationship.
However, the definition of marriage did not change in accordance with the changing times. There should not be an objection for married people to have their love mate in spite of their spouses. There won’t be rapes and illicit relationships if sex ratio were to be changed,” he said.
The author of Hindu: Jaganyatil Samruddha Adgal also has opposed the Maharashtra government’s decision to confer the state’s highest award, ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’, on history researcher Babasaheb Purandare.
“I feel the portrayal of Shivaji in Purandare’s work is not in keeping with history. I have respect for Purandare but I have a different image of Shivaji in my mind,” he told reporters.