Pandit Mange Ram Sharma,
World Brahman federation,delhi,india
dear pandit sharmaji,
Thank you for asking my candid expert opinion about the outcome of gotra marriages.given our expertise in the area of immunogenetics in the context of health and disease, I am pleased to share our well-considered opinion on this important matter concerning health genertics.Essentially ,mariage within a gotra reflects inbreeding with significant health consequences .the studies from southern India have cleraly shown that a marraige within a gotra or closely related clan contributes considerably to infant mortality and morbidity. for these reasons , marriages within a gotra or closely related clans are not advisable because of genetic defects that are likely to occur. We , in the western word , are amazed with the wisdomof great rishi;s of India who created the gotra system to ensure that inbreeding does not occur and it stands to scrutiny of modern science. in fact because of gotra system and marriages outside gotra , north indian have few genetic disease as compared to others, for example , Muslims and jews where marriages within first cousions are common . In Europe and North Amercia , genetic counselling frior to marriage ,consistent with gotra system to maintain genetic diversity, has become common to avoid genetic diseases.i do hope that these comments are helpful to understand and resolve the current gotra controversy you mentioned about. please feel to let me know if i could be of further help in this regard.Ii is important to understand many Indian traditions that have a stron scientific basis and should not be discarded in the name of progress.
professor of IMMUNOLOGY