Touching Feet Tradition !
In India we have a tradition of touching the feet of elders when we greet them ( like you would hug people when you meet or shake hands in other countries) to show our respect. Few days back I read an article where an Indian author made fun of modern Indian youths who reluctantly touch the knees or just bend and immediately rise up without actually touching their hand to the elder's feet. The authors point was it is a tradition and we should follow it properly as it was by our older generations.
I personally don't like touching the feet tradition. I was never asked to touch anyone's feet unless I wanted to. So yes there are people whose feet I touch whole heartedly not because I am supposed too but because I want to. If I love and respect the individual its a natural way of expressing my feelings at specific times(not every single day). But if someone asks to me to touch the feet of a complete stranger just because he is dressed in saffron clothes(Indian priests), I won't. There are a few teachers who taught me important lessons of life, whose feet I touch whole heartedly even though they are just few years older than I am. My uncles have never encouraged this ritual and I appreciate them for not expecting it even during public events. My mother who is 49 years young, says "I never except young people to touch my feet, if they love me and respect me it will show in their words and actions they don't simply have to touch my feet because they are supposed to". So when ever some one approaches to touch her feet she quickly raises them and ask them not to do it.
Just because we question certain rituals doesn't mean we are Non followers of Indian Traditions. Its an individual choice to question and reason out his/her actions. What you say ??