Declare Brahmins as minority as they are just 2% of Indian population.
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At a time when Congress Governments and like minded Governments were in power in most of the states in India, substantial injustice meted out to Brahmins due to reservations in PSUs, Govt Jobs and Govt aided institutions. The public image of the Brahmins, for instance, is that of an affluent and pampered class. But, has it been so in the last couple of decades ?
Doctors in arms : there are about little over 50 sulabh shouchalayas (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 5 to 6 Brahmins Manning each Shauchalayas. They came to Delhi 8 to 10 years back looking for a source of income, where Dalits are in majority. In most of villages in UP and Bihar, Dalits have a union which help them secure Government jobs.
At Ground Zero of the quota protests : did you know that you also stumble upon a number of Brahmins working as Coolies at railway stations in National Capital Delhi as also in UP and Bihar. Quite a few of the Brahmin Coolies say their children have reached up to graduation level, but the are unsure of Government Jobs. They can not afford coaching at any institute. Then you will find Brahmin Rickshaw Wallas and Chaiwalls too in these places to meet their both ends meet.
Dalits often have 5 to 6 kids, but they are confident of placing them in Government Jobs easily, as a result their population is also increasing, but most of the Brahmin families are unable to expand their families.
Dalits are provided with housing, even their pigs have spaces and yet they have good protection of laws of the respective states.But, what to talk about housing for Brahmins, even their humble cows are deprived of Goshallas.
Caste shouldn't overwrite merits: According to the Andrea Pradesh study, the largest percentage of Brahmins today are employed as domestic servants. The unemployment rate among them is as high as 75%. 70% of Brahmins are still remain wedded to their hereditary vocation. There are hundreds of families that are surviving on just Rs 500 per month as priests in various temples (Department of Endowment statistics). It is also a fact that some of the priests are even compelled to beg for some for survival. There are innumerable instances in which Brahmin priests who spent a lifetime studying Vedas are being ridiculed and disrespected.
At Tamilnadu's Rangaswamy Temple, a priest's salary is below thousand rupees (Census Depar studies) and a daily allowance of one measure of rice. The Government staff at same Temple draw quite a respectable salaries. But, these facts have not modified the priests' reputation as 'haves' and as 'exploiters'. The destitution of Priests have moved none, not even the parties known for Hindu sympathy.
The tragedy of modern India is that the combined votes of Dalits/OBCs and Muslims are enough for any Government to be elected. The Congress quickly cashed in on it after independence, but no Government than Sonia Gandhi has gone so far in shamelessly dividing Indian Society for garnering votes. The NDA Government too is helpless although it talks about removal of caste barriers but entire opposition having the blessings of Congress and Left and any such move to do social corrections shall meet with electoral defeats. Net result is that Brahmins who have been suffering for the last couple of decades shall remain politically and socially irrelevant as they are quite insignificant in numbers.
Therefore, I humbly pray to the Highest Court of the country to do justice to the Brahmins across India invoking their power under the law and bring smiles on the faces of declining number of Brahmins. This will go a long way in the making of a New India.
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