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A SYMPOSIUM OF HINDU DOMESTIC REFORMERS AND ANTI-REFORMERS.

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SIR T. MADAVA RAO.—We cannot dine together or drink together, my dear friends, but we can have a talk together at least. Let us then“

Let us then “expatiate free" over this vexed question of Hindu Domestic Reform, and try to come to some practical conclusions. More than a year ago, I said: “The great danger is lest the present generation should pass away in total inaction.” I am afraid, my dear brethren, we have been all inactive. We have certainly talked away and written away to our hearts' content, but, I am sorry to say, we have set no examples.

MR. A. SANKARIAH.-But, my dear sir, what examples are we to set ? Your Social Reformers agitate for freedom to widows and girls to marry at any age, but this freedom is not denied now, and was not denied at any time; and, I

say the agitators are not just and even honest, in interfering with those who do not religiously or socially approve of that freedom.

RAO SAHIB VISHWANATH N. MANDLIK.—And I say there is certainly no enforced widowhood in India at present, nor is there any such a general early marriage system prevalent as can be remedied by Government. I do not understand what reform is needed.

MR. T. PATTABHIRAM.-Let me introduce myself, gentlemen. I hail from the Southern Presidency, and in my humble opinion, Mr. Mandlik and Mr. Sankaria are certainly right as to the freedom of widows to re-marry-for to a Hindu widow, who makes

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her mind to resume her married state, at the risk of losing her caste, her religion, and the affection and society of her relations. there now exists, most assuredly, no

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