On the occasion of International Day of Families, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu took to his social media handles to greet the citizens. Vice President highlighted that the family system has been an important feature of Indian culture from ancient times.
He said, “Family is the primary foundational unit of society. It is important to reiterate that the family is the bedrock upon which societal values are built and nurtured.”
While mentioning the joint family system the Vice President said, “The extended family or the joint family system has been a unique facet of the Indian way of life. However, as a result of westernization, urbanization and various other socio-economic factors, the joint family system has been shrinking rapidly with nuclear families replacing it, particularly in urban areas.”
While sharing his views on the joint family system, Vice President said that joint families are a positive influence on younger generations and expressed that the weakening of this system was unfortunate.
“While it might be difficult to maintain joint families in the present circumstances, the family system in general needs to be encouraged, promoted and protected,” he added.
While highlighting a major positive aspect of the joint family system he said that it reduces the cost of living due to the pooling of resources from different members. He added that cooperative spirit forms the basis for various routine household activities in a joint family.
Giving an example of how the joint family system works, he said, “if both the parents of children are employed, the other members like aunts or older cousins usually chip in to help the children in the completion of tasks such as homework. In other words, the concept of sharing the load is built into the traditional joint family.”
While mentioning the impact of the joint family system on children he said, “It inculcates among the children an attitude of sharing and caring, the core philosophy of Indian culture. Children, who grow up in extended families with their siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, tend to imbibe qualities like empathy and tolerance. They also learn the importance of teamwork. Also, the supportive role of a joint family strengthens the emotional quotient of an individual.”
Vice President explained how family as an institution plays a vital role in shaping a healthy and value-based society. He said, “One of the heartening aspects of the Indian culture has been the age-old tradition of according respect to elders. Indian families always used to act as support systems for elders and others in need of help. They play an important role in providing emotional security to the old as well as children, especially in times like the present pandemic triggered by COVID-19.”
He opined that family as an institution plays a pioneering role in conflict resolution. He said that it is the institution that offers counselling and provides comfort and solace during difficult times.
Vice President said that every Indian must feel proud of the Indian family system and try to strengthen the family system.
“Families play an important part in shaping the moral, social, and cultural values in a society. Social evils like corruption, gender discrimination, abuse of elderly need to be completely eliminated with families taking the lead in such matters,” he added.
The UN General Assembly in 1993 decided in a resolution that May 15 of every year will be observed as International Day of Families.