Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale has sought financial assistance from the Maharashtra government for those who marry outside their caste.
"The government should provide financial aid worth Rs 4-5 lakh for inter-caste marriages. This will help end caste-related disputes. I am myself married to a girl belonging to the Brahmin community," the Dalit leader told reporters here on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Athawale also expressed concern over the India-Pakistan relations, against the backdrop of the attack on Pathankot air base. "Pakistan has engaged in direct and indirect war with India on several occasions, which includes an attack on Parliament, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, and the attack on the Pathankot air base recently," he said.
"On one side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan. Modi also invited Sharif for his swearing-in. Time and again, he wants friendship with Pakistan, but despite this they have engaged in direct or indirect war," he added.