Total Population: 5.6 crore
Poor Brahmins: 13%
Literacy levels above the age of 18: 84%
Brahmin chief justices between 1950 to 2000: 47%
Associate justices between 1950-2000: 40%
Down in the Cow-belt
Falling percentage of Brahmin MPs elected in the Hindi belt
2007: The present Lok Sabha has only 50 Brahmin MPs nationwide. That's 9.17 per cent
of the total strength of the House.
Today's Brahmin Politicians
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
brahmins are expected to lead the life almost like a seer. they should have nothing in cash or kind for the next morning, go for alms, donate after meeting the needs [dhaana].,There are still, even in this modern age, who practice such a life or something nearly to it. Vedas taught by such brahmins and recited by such brahmins is what is holding dharma ]righteousness] in this highly materialistic or hedonistic world. Doomsday [pralaya] won"t be far off, if the last of such brahmins vanish.
In the present anti-Brahmanism of the vested interests in India and those politicians for vote bank politics usurping Brahmans capability and wisdom to be used for the betterment of the country Brahmans highest patriotism taken for granted simply to eradicate them.
The poor Brahmans are routed out and left to the mercy of the nature.Many Brahman famlies have lost their roots and heritage for being so much love of their mother country by accepting all injustice meted out to them in the name of twisted fraudulent history created by those British who ruled India to divide and rule India besides to eradicate the Vedic culture from India
But.true history with sincere study only indicates Brahmans sacrifices and wisdom for the country existed always in the case of need and in adverse conditons.But,everything buried under the soil now.Those who killed historically civililians and raped women in the name of imposing their religion with unimaginable bloodshed given more rights and voice in our political system.
India is like this only!Little chance to change!
Those wishing Brahmans, if not all should organise and migrate to other countries such as Germany where influential Brahmans should talk to that country whom definitely help to accomplish to the migation of willing Brahmans atlesat.This they should do to safegurad their lofty community.Great sacrices are the need of the hour! This is very high time!
They should live there with more cohesive nature as a family with absolute unity and appropiate rules should be created by the elders of the community for this
This way atleast Brahman community which is living thousands and thousands of years would be safeguarded from peril created in India to root out them completely
This is the need of the hour!
Every community has the right to safegurad their heritage and originality!
The reduction in number of brahmins in public life (i.e politics/ judiciary etc) is directly proportional to the rise in corruption.
Extremely BITTER to swallow this Truth! Come on non-brahmins, start shooting...
The reduction in Brahmin MPs had to happen over time and will probably continue until their number is more in proportions with their population. I am not a Brahmin but I feel the demonisation of brahmins is uncalled for. The power dynamic amongst castes is changing in the country and much of the oppression of dalits is carried out by other castes which are more landed.
Lal Bahadur Shastri was NOT a Brahmin. He was a Kayasth.
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