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Opinion: Is hate against Brahmins growing in India? Why is 4.3% population a threat to many?

Last Updated on December 2, 2022 at 1:06 pm

A day after anti-Brahmin slurs were pasted by miscreants on walls of JNU in New Delhi, the Vice Chancellor of the University has ordered an inquiry into the incident even as there was little uproar from the teaching community and intellectuals.

This is for the first time that the slogans reading ‘Brahmins Bharat Choro’, ‘Brahmino-Baniyas, we are coming for you! We will avenge’, were seen on the walls of the university bringing out the hate against the communities that have been thriving without any reservation in the country.

Many say that the slogans were pasted on walls by those with the sick mentality who are hell bent to target the Brahmin and other upper castes due to their own failures. “It is not an isolated incident but such cases are taking place across the country. Targeting Brahmins brings out the deep hate among those with terrorist mentality against a community that is thriving without any reservation. It is time that government must think about removing the creamy layer from all reservations so that people having caliber get their due” said a Sociologist from Delhi University who did not want to be identified.

The issue of creamy layer has been discussed many times but the governments do not interfere in the SC and ST reservation as it consist their vote bank. The problem arises when important government positions are taken over by those on the basis of reservation and people having caliber are left out.

“The Vice-Chancellor has taken serious note of the incident of defacing walls and faculty rooms by some unknown elements in SIS, JNU. The administration condemns these exclusivist tendencies on campus. Such incidents will not be tolerated as JNU belongs to all,” the university said in a statement.

Brahmins percentage in India

As per surveys and records, Brahmins constitute 4.3% of the total population in India. It is around 6.04 crore individuals out of the total 1.30 billion. While many claim that Brahmins are on the top position of social hierarchy because of their caste, it is a fact that several IAS, IPS and top government functionaries are Brahmins who have reached their position without any reservation.

 There is a need by government to end this hate against Brahmins in India and start a process where those with intelligence and ability are provided jobs without bowing to the pressure of political compulsions.