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Article Rebuttal Essay

666 words - 3 pages

​The essay I reviewed is titled “Western Culture Promotes Divorces” written by Sundeep Shukla as a competitive essay for his examination into the Civil Service India. A Federal Public Service Commission was set up under the Government of India Act in 1935. Under this act, provision was also made for the formation of Union Public Service Commissions (UPSC) at the regional levels. The Indian Civil Service is considered the backbone of India and holds many responsibilities and respect in the eyes of their Nation. Prospective candidates submit competitive essays and complete interviews in order to be recruited as a member of service to fill corporate and government jobs.
​After reading Shukla’s point of view on the Western Culture being responsible for the increased divorce rate in India, I was dismayed to think that this person is considered a qualifying candidate to serve as a possible government official in India. Shukla stated “People are selfish and are too lazy to work on ...view middle of the document...

Earlier in the article, Shukla opened with explaining arrangement marriages in India and how many strive to reach the historical tradition of being matched up with their life partner. He noted that even though arranged marriages for profit or exchange was outlawed in 1961, the society and culture still maintains these acts without letting authorities know about it.
​Shukla concludes with the statement that “Divorce rates can be reduced by changing the way people think and bringing them [Indians] out from the impact of Western Culture”. I believe internationally that rates of divorce have increased due to equality expectations from women. Now that many cultures worldwide are going into the 21 century, they are realizing that women are equal parts to men and must share in the same responsibility as well as the same standards of earning respect and admiration.
After reading a news article in the BBC South Asia News, Author Mark Dummett interviewed several divorcees in India claiming that they blame the new and the old expectations that are held in marriage, along with the growth of their own culture. Interviewee Mohit stated that troubles in the marriage started with disapproving parents and were finalized when his wife walked out. Mohit stated “Today the Indian male is a very complex entity. We want our wives to be really progressive or modern, which is why we married them in the first place. But at the same time, we still want our wives to cook food for us and be there when we get home.” He admitted that he found it too hard to accept that his wife had her own career, and that it wasn’t him.
Shukla’s article titled “Western Culture Promotes Divorces” does not include the perspective of the Indian people or even proof that Western Culture has a direct impact on India’s divorce rates. He simply stated his opinion and placed blame without providing any logical reasoning.


Shukla, S. (n.d.). Western Culture Promotes Divorces. Civil Service India. Retrieved from
Dummett, M,. (2010, December). Not so happily ever after as Indian divorce rate doubles. BBC News South Asia, (),. Retrieved from

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