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The Love Commandos

Compiled/written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled/written by MELVIN DURAI
July 2012
The Love Commandos

The Love Commandos—they may have a flashy name, but they’re just a “group of aging businessmen and journalists” in New Delhi, as BBC writer Anu Anand describes them. Their mission: to provide shelter and support to couples whose love relationships have drawn the ire of family members or others. The Love Commandos operate a helpline, and the image of a commando reassures people that they’ll be protected, says cofounder Sanjoy Sachdev.

“Falling in love (in India) is not easy, but more couples are choosing to brave the consequences,” Anand writes. “For the Commandos, love is war.”

Things are different in America, of course. Almost all marriages are love marriages. And couples who have arranged marriages don’t need protection—at least not from a group of aging businessmen and journalists calling themselves The Arranged Commandos.

 

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips and more.]

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