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Inter-caste marriage in India have been gradually gaining acceptance due to increasing education, employment, middle-class economic background, and urbanisation. According to a survey in 2014, about 5% of Indian marriages then were inter-caste.[full citation needed]
In the 2010s, inter-caste marriages in India have been publicly encouraged and supported by some politicians, such as C. N. Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Social activists, such as Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Raghupathi Venkataratnam Naidu and Manthena Venkata Raju, advocated for changes in the law and custom earlier, since the 1970s in the case of Ramasamy.
The Supreme Court of India has also declared[when?] that inter-caste marriages are in the national interest and a unifying factor for the nation and there is no bar[when?] in inter-caste or inter-religion marriages in India.
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