brahmins-dalits of modern india!!!!!!!!

At a time when the Congress government wants to raise the quota for
Other Backward Classes to 49.5 per cent in private and public sectors,
nobody talks about the plight of the upper castes. The public image of
the Brahmins, for instance, is that of an affluent, pampered class.
But is it so today?
Doctors in arms
There are 50 Sulabh Shauchalayas (public toilets) in Delhi; all of
them are cleaned and looked after by Brahmins (this very welcome
public institution was started by a Brahmin). A far cry from the
elitist image that Brahmins have!
There are five to six Brahmins manning each Shauchalaya. They came to
Delhi eight to ten years back looking for a source of income, as they
were a minority in most of their villages, where Dalits are in
majority (60 per cent to 65 per cent). In most villages in UP and
Bihar, Dalits have a union which helps them secure jobs in villages.
At Ground Zero of the quota protests
Did you know that you also stumble upon a number of Brahmins working
as coolies at Delhi’s railway stations? One of them, Kripa Shankar
Sharma, says while his daughter is doing her Bachelors in Science he
is not sure if she will secure a job.
“Dalits often have five to six kids, but they are confident of placing
them easily and well,” he says. As a result, the Dalit population is
increasing in villages. He adds: “Dalits are provided with housing,
even their pigs have spaces; whereas there is no provision for
gaushalas (cowsheds) for the cows of the Brahmins.”
The middle class deserves what it is getting
You also find Brahmin rickshaw pullers in Delhi. 50 per cent of Patel
Nagar’s rickshaw pullers are Brahmins who like their brethren have
moved to the city looking for jobs for lack of employment
opportunities and poor education in their villages.
Even after toiling the whole day, Vijay Pratap and Sidharth Tiwari,
two Brahmin rickshaw pullers, say they are hardly able to make ends
meet. These men make about Rs 100 to Rs 150 on an average every day
from which they pay a daily rent of Rs 25 for their rickshaws and Rs
500 to Rs 600 towards the rent of their rooms which is shared by 3 to
4 people or their families.
Did you also know that most rickshaw pullers in Banaras are Brahmins?
Do our institutes connect with the real India?
This reverse discrimination is also found in bureaucracy and politics.
Most of the intellectual Brahmin Tamil class has emigrated outside
Tamil Nadu. Only 5 seats out of 600 in the combined UP and Bihar
assembly are held by Brahmins — the rest are in the hands of the
Yadavs.
400,000 Brahmins of the Kashmir valley, the once respected Kashmiri
Pandits, now live as refugees in their own country, sometimes in
refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi in appalling conditions. But who
gives a damn about them? Their vote bank is negligible.
And this is not limited to the North alone. 75 per cent of domestic
help and cooks in Andhra Pradesh are Brahmins. A study of the Brahmin
community in a district in Andhra Pradesh (Brahmins of India by J
Radhakrishna, published by Chugh Publications) reveals that today all
purohits live below the poverty line.
Eighty per cent of those surveyed stated that their poverty and
traditional style of dress and hair (tuft) had made them the butt of
ridicule. Financial constraints coupled with the existing system of
reservations for the ‘backward classes’ prevented them from providing
secular education to their children.
Who are the real Dalits of India?
In fact, according to this study there has been an overall decline in
the number of Brahmin students. With the average income of Brahmins
being less than that of non-Brahmins, a high percentage of Brahmin
students drop out at the intermediate level. In the 5 to 18 year age
group, 44 per cent Brahmin students stopped education at the primary
level and 36 per cent at the pre-matriculation level.
The study also found that 55 per cent of all Brahmins lived below the
poverty line — below a per capita income of Rs 650 a month. Since 45
per cent of the total population of India is officially stated to be
below the poverty line it follows that the percentage of destitute
Brahmins is 10 per cent higher than the all-India figure.
There is no reason to believe that the condition of Brahmins in other
parts of the country is different. In this connection it would be
revealing to quote the per capita income of various communities as
stated by the Karnataka finance minister in the state assembly:
Christians Rs 1,562, Vokkaligas Rs 914, Muslims Rs 794, Scheduled
castes Rs 680, Scheduled Tribes Rs 577 and Brahmins Rs 537.
Appalling poverty compels many Brahmins to migrate to towns leading to
spatial dispersal and consequent decline in their local influence and
institutions. Brahmins initially turned to government jobs and modern
occupations such as law and medicine. But preferential policies for
the non-Brahmins have forced Brahmins to retreat in these spheres as
well.
Caste shouldn’t overwrite merit
According to the Andhra Pradesh study, the largest percentage of
Brahmins today are employed as domestic servants. The unemployment
rate among them is as high as 75 per cent. Seventy percent of Brahmins
are still relying on their hereditary vocation. There are hundreds of
families that are surviving on just Rs 500 per month as priests in
various temples (Department of Endowments statistics).
Priests are under tremendous difficulty today, sometimes even forced
to beg for alms for survival. There are innumerable instances in which
Brahmin priests who spent a lifetime studying Vedas are being
ridiculed and disrespected.
At Tamil Nadu’s Ranganathaswamy Temple, a priest’s monthly salary is
Rs 300 (Census Department studies) and a daily allowance of one
measure of rice. The government staff at the same temple receive Rs
2,500 plus per month. But these facts have not modified the priests’
reputation as ‘haves’ and as ‘exploiters.’ The destitution of Hindu
priests has moved none, not even the parties known for Hindu sympathy.
The tragedy of modern India is that the combined votes of Dalits/OBC
and Muslims are enough for any government to be elected. The Congress
quickly cashed in on it after Independence, but probably no other
government than Sonia Gandhi’s has gone so far in shamelessly dividing
Indian society for garnering votes.
From the Indian Express: ‘These measures will not achieve social justice’
The Indian government gives Rs 1,000 crores (Rs 10 billion) for
salaries of imams in mosques and Rs 200 crores (Rs 2 billion) as Haj
subsidies. But no such help is available to Brahmins and upper castes.
As a result, not only the Brahmins, but also some of the other upper
castes in the lower middle class are suffering in silence today,
seeing the minorities slowly taking control of their majority.
How reservations fracture Hindu society
Anti-Brahminism originated in, and still prospers in anti-Hindu
circles. It is particularly welcome among Marxists, missionaries,
Muslims, separatists and Christian-backed Dalit movements of different
hues. When they attack Brahmins, their target is unmistakably
Hinduism.
So the question has to be asked: are the Brahmins (and other upper
castes) of yesterday becoming the Dalits of today?

source:Francois Gautier


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18 Comments

  1. Posted April 23, 2008 at 4:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fair.. I think you should credit Fancosis Gautier(or news source) for the data.

  2. Posted April 24, 2008 at 9:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Sad, this govt will be remembered for nothing but minority appeasement and communist dictatorship

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    Posted June 7, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

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  5. Anupam Manur
    Posted July 20, 2008 at 11:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    This was a nagging feeling in my mind from a long time that the Brahmins are becoming the Dalits of today… what with politicization of caste and vote-bank politics… It is indeed sad to learn that the great learned men are reduced to such a state of abject poverty!!
    Merit has no value anymore…. Caste is still alive and kicking in India, but in the opposite direction – against the Brahmins… perhaps it is nothing more than Karma and the erst-while exploitative Brahmins have to suffer unknowingly today….
    I really hope we can have a ‘secular’ India and no more of these reservations and pseudo secularism!!!

  6. Balakrishna
    Posted July 22, 2008 at 11:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    I t is very sad, that the Indian Govt. don’t need merit, it needs only cast , it is true that Cast is still alive and kicking India,
    Your are eligible only with your cast, not by merit, You are disqualified if you are brahmin may be you are tremendously intelligent and good merit,

    I suggest that bramins should not depend on these henpecked Govt. and politicians i.e. pseudo secularists, stand on your own feet, you will rise like anything.

  7. kashmirihindu
    Posted October 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It is really sad and i don’t predict the future of as communist are running inside war of naxals in india to create space in india as a secular country.Today our communist leaders are supporting to those who wants freedom from india take example of kashmir,north-east,orissa the recent incident of Brahmin killed you was headig the ashram for orphanage and for christians he was dust in the eye because he wants to save the lives of these childrens and have no cast. they have killed because they want to convert them forcibally to christanity and make them nun.i am talking about swami lakshmananda.
    Today Castism is a cancer without any remedy leaders like paswan,v.p.singh should be punished for this cause.

  8. Swabhimaan
    Posted November 21, 2008 at 11:43 am | Permalink | Reply

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  9. Trivedi
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    If u people really want to help brahmins then just do one thing, whenever u find a Brahmin in trouble just help him. help him as u can. if we all have this kind of thinking then soon we will find all well.

    no need to make Sena. just do this thing with ur pure heart.

  10. Jat
    Posted November 20, 2009 at 6:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    By definition the “Brahmin” means One who knows the Brahman. The dark sides centuries of brahmin opression on the dalits can not be neglected. But the plight of any Indian should be looked at with humility. The resurrection of Brahmanism would only occur if the Brahmins ones again realize the true meaning of the Brahman.
    The Vedas are waiting to be decoded…
    When we really know what they are and what they mwan the wave of knowledge would be enough to uplift not just the Brahmins but the whole of India.
    Robert Oppenheimer one of the earliest nuclear scientists who worked on project Trinity, the modern worlds 1st nuclear testing site, recited a shloka from the Bhagvad Gita.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns
    Were to burst at once into the sky,
    That would be like the splendor of the Mighty One…
    I will become Death,
    The scatterer of Worlds.

    The Bhagavad-Gita

    Robert Oppenheimer was an avid learner of Sanskrit literature and was quoted saying that the Bhagvad Gita in particular helped him devising the nuclear principles of the bomb. Heizenberg also acclaimed that the Vedas were the source of his insight into the uncertainity principle.

    It is true that even today the German translation of the Rig Veda is available at one of the Max Plank Institue in Germany for referring.

    WE JUST NEED TO GO BACK TO THE ROOTS AND APPLY THEM.
    WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO WE REALLY ARE.

  11. satish jha
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 1:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    hi
    to all my brahmin brothers and sisters
    i am satish jha ,i want that all the communities of brahmins should start living as a single brahmin
    community so that we can fight the injustice which are going on us.at first we have to create matrimonial relations between each brahmin so to get respect from each brahmin community.
    love to all.
    ar ek chiz hm brahman hai
    hum jeete hai shaan se marte hai shaan se.

    • yashwanth naveen
      Posted October 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

      ur right dude:-) .we know what we are.

  12. Ram
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is so sad and so true..I have faced many open discriminations even in this modern times.There is a lot of Anti Brahminism in the in the IT-Software field too..I think the parents of Non brahmin children bring them up by teaching them how to hate brahmins.Anti Brahminism is flowing across generations among Non-Brahmins and god knows when it will stop.

  13. yashwanth naveen
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i donno wat is hppng to our people,where ever people know that a person is brahmin,they are trying to spoil him or ………….,i hate this reservations,these reservations are sucking the blood of brahmins.i hate these people…and also this country ,there is no place for brahmins in india im extremely sorry to say this ……….

  14. Dr. Ashok Bhagat
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    When leaders (read Brahmins have led hindus) become opressed, instead of complaints they must introspect; entire religious literature is written by Brahmins except Balmiki whom brahmins have never accepted ( Kindly do not tell me you call him Rishi). They were always the intellectual and spiritual guides of hindus. Majority of the PM’s in India were brahmins. The first political family in India remains even today is brahmin. All the priests in the temples are brahmins. In kashmir once law, education,business and adminstrative services were brahmins ( 80-90 %). Majority of political candidates are brahmins. At one point of time all the heads were brahmin; PM, Prez, CJI of India, Chief of Army staff, No. one hero and heroine in films,were brahmins. Could you find so many dalits at one place / point of time or any other caste ? and now brahmins are even encroaching upon the menial jobs being done by the dalits. Keeping first postion ( read caste) always is tough. You are being haunted by your position in feudalism. Today in capitalism and consumerism money is castes and caste is money.What brahmins were doing when others were making progress. Why brahmins are desprate and what more they want is beyond my comprehension.

  15. dalit
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    reading vedas in front of a dalit is a sin
    thats what written in scripture
    and so called upper caste ppl had prevented and even killed dalits for reading and even meditating..read the story shambhuka vadha from the Ramayana in which rama killed shambhuka.. since yugas v dalits r being exploited .but now u ppl who cant tolerate to c dalits developing now since hardly a 50 yrs

    but past is a past
    if u ppl r ready to marry a dalit then the fate of INDIA will change. it is in your hands only…
    yeah dalits r 15% in india thats y dey r major votebank in india but c d results of uttar pradesh ppl had changed dey need development rather than mere caste politics…
    not to hurt to anyone but to rethink on caste system in india

  16. dalit
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    tongue should be cut if a dalit talks vedas
    u should clean water with gomootram if a dalit consumes it
    the existence of dalit is to serve upper caste
    dalit should not enter temples
    dalits are slaves
    this is wat dalits had faced and have been facing since yugas

  17. shiva sunar
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    this article is misleading the reader about the caste status in india… i doubt the data present here … the reality is that the brahmins had conquared the high post of india such as pm,cm,officer etc now they are also conquaering what was considered to be the dalit occupation…
    the status of dalit is bad till now in rural india…

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