In India it is just normal that parents arrange a marriage for their children. One possible way of the first step of the arrangement is that the parents write an advertisement in the newspaper. But they even put demands to it, for example the high family status. If somebody is interested, the parents organize a meeting between them and the family of the interested person. Well, I don't think that this kind of marriage is usefull like the "normal" marriage. In my opinion the parents should let their children decide for themselves, which person they want to marry, because they know better which type of men/women they like or are intereting for them.
So all in all I can say that Indian parents should let their kids make their own decisions about future wifes/husbands.
written by Sascha