The National debate on Gotra and the terrors of Khap Panchayat has been going on for quite sometime. In my opinion, we are not inviting the right people for the debate.
'Gotra' is a sensitive issue and the fears associated with it have to be tackled from the roots. And for this we need to call learned horoscope- readers, astrologers and match-makers for discussion.
'Gotra' Factor made a lot of sense some 2000-1000 years ago, when those belonging to the same Gotra were invariably first cousins. With the passing of time, many marriages have taken place and many generations have passed by. As a result, there is hardly any connection left between people of the same Gotra. Of course I am no authority and it would do well to have someone talk on this. But as often told by my Mother-in-Law, her elder sister (now in her mid-80's and a very learned woman of her times) had got married in the same Gotra. It was an arranged marriage and a small adoption ceremony was performed before the marriage. Her 2 sons were born normal.This was in Pune, Maharashtra way back in the early 1950's.
However, I think 'Naadi' Factor still holds true today as I think, it deals with chromosomes, blood-group matching and general compatibility.
But whatever, Horoscope reading is a science. It is really sad that new research has not been done in it. Only with proper findings and data-collection, it will be possible to check the growing menace of Honour Killing by Khap Panchayats