Mumbai : Acclaimed Marathi novelist and Jnanpith award winner Bhalchandra Nemade has said that extra-mari-tal affairs should not be a taboo.
“There should not be any objection if a marri-ed man or a woman has a lover,” Nemade, who is known for speaking his mind and stirring up con-troversies, said during a public interview in Pune yesterday.
He was talking in the context of Indian marriage system.
Critiques Avinash Sapre and Prachi Gujar-Padhye intervie-wed Nemade, a staunch supporter of indigenous values and traditions, at the inauguration of a book gallery.
Explaining his stand on man-woman relations, Nemade cited the example of Draupadi from Mahabharat.
“We have had an ancient tradition of open relationship …the definition of marriage did not change in accordance with the changing times. There shouldn’t be any objection if a married person has a love-mate (outside the marriage),” he said.