We are a support group for people in or entering interfaith marriage/alliance and an advocacy group to address issues related to such alliances.
We address stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that exist in our society associated with such relationships by holding dialogue and discussions about communalism, religious intolerance and related issues.
We advocate policy/legislative changes required to overcome the technical obstacles faced in interfaith / inter-caste marriages, children and their religious identity.
Dhanak is an Urdu word for rainbow, which is a beautiful yet rare phenomenon. Similarly, interfaith/caste marriages are not common in our society. Just as rich colours get together to complete a rainbow, we believe that the differences in our religious backgrounds are like different hues that add to the richness of our lives. Not only can we co-exist, we can also enhance life’s quality thanks to the diversity that comes along due to the differences in our religious identities.
Our journey began in 2005 when a few couples who married those from religion/caste other than their own, decided to get together with an intention to form a forum that we decided to call Dhanak. The idea was to help people with similar backgrounds to come together and form a support structure for each other at small group & individual levels. More importantly, we intend to counter the spread of communalism in the society.
We believe that differences in religious backgrounds bring with it some unique issues and experiences. And we understand it well. We are sure that there are many such people who believe strongly in the Dhanak Vision and wish to be a part of it and support it. We invite all those to join us as “Friends of Dhanak”. Dhanak also looks forward to be associated as “Networking Partners” with likeminded groups and organisations that share Dhanak’s overall perspective of universal peace & harmony.
Our the past nine years, we have grown from strength to strength and over 200 couples from India and all over the world have benefited through efforts.