BSP supremo Mayawati’s decision to appoint Ritesh Pandey as her party’s leader in the Lok Sabha by replacing Danish Ali appears to be aimed at winning back the support of the ‘Brahmin’ community in Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, Mayawati has changed her party’s leader in the Lower House on four occasions since last year’s Lok Sabha… Continue reading Mayawati changes BSP’s Lok Sabha leader, eyes ‘Brahmin’ vote bank
A TRUE Brahmin is one who has acquired brahminhood not by birth but through his noble actions. He who has gained Supreme Self-knowledge is a Brahmin. Vedas and Epics proclaim that there is no caste differentiation in the Brahminic State. Initially, people took up occupations in tune with their aptitudes and temperaments. People dedicated to… Continue reading Who is a true Brahmin?
portrait of a power class on the rise Mahatma Gandhi has often been blamed for laying the foundation for the Congress party’s dynasty politics. Why he chose Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to lead India still provokes passions. Perhaps he feared incurring the wrath of Brahmins. Back then, Brahmin members in the top… Continue reading The Backward is the new Brahmin
LUCKNOW: Even as political parties like the SP and BSP are trying to woo the Brahmins, who constitute 11% of UP’s population, a saffron family’s fringe outfit — Rashtriya Jagruk Brahman Mahasangh – has initiated efforts to unite Brahmins, Bhumihars and Tyagis. The group has reportedly chosen UP BJP vice-president AK Sharma, a former bureaucrat… Continue reading Saffron outfit’s bid to unite Brahmins, Bhumihars, Tyagis in Uttar Pradesh
It must be a heady feeling for the Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh to have the political parties court them with such ardour in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly election. Yet even this headiness can’t possibly make them hope for the return of their glory days. They know it is perhaps impossible for them… Continue reading Why the Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh are back in the reckoning – not as king but king-makers
As the next assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh draws nearer, a mad scramble has started among the major political players to set their caste equations right and the electorally influential ‘Brahmin’ community appears to be on everyone’s radar. If it was the Congress, which had undertaken a ‘yatra’ in different parts in the state through… Continue reading Scramble for ‘Brahmin’ votes in Uttar Pradesh ahead of Assembly polls
In a bid to counter the BJP’s Hindutva plank and also to woo the influential Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh, the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to embrace ‘Parashuram’, one the most important Brahmin icons. SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav has announced that his party will install a 108-foot-high statue of ‘Bhagwan Parashuram’ in the capital city of Lucknow.… Continue reading Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Parashuram’ to counter BJP’s ‘Ram’?
Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Wednesday said that the state government has decided to issue caste certificates to Brahmins. The minister said that the MLAs, members of the State Brahmin Development Board, the president of Brahmin Mahasabha and others approached him in this regard. The Revenue department has decided to issue caste certificate to the… Continue reading Caste certificate to Brahmins: Ashoka
The Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board will launch two schemes aimed at Brahmin brides. The first scheme ‘Arundathi’ will provide Rs 25,000 for Brahmin brides, while the second ‘Maitreyi’ will assure a Rs 3 lakh bond for brides marrying a priest – Archakas and Purohits. According to H S Sachidananda Murthy, Chairman of the Board,… Continue reading Karnataka govt to launch two schemes for Brahmin brides
The Karnataka Government has instructed removal of contents from the class 6 social science textbooks after the Brahmin Development Board complained it was “insulting” to the Brahmin community. The Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar in a note to top officials of his department has also directed that a committee be constituted including… Continue reading Karnataka govt to remove textbook content that hurt feelings of Brahmins
The Karnataka Education Department has officially removed the ‘controversial’ content from the textbooks that had allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Brahmin community in Karnataka. In a formal order on Friday, the Department of Public Instruction ordered to pull out two pages from the lesson—‘Birth of New Religions’ in the social studies textbook for 6th… Continue reading Karnataka govt orders deletion of controversial reference to Brahmin community in textbooks
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana have adopted a set of measures that provide preferential schemes for Brahmins, which only serves to invert caste inequality upside down. Three south Indian states, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana have adopted a set of measures that are extraordinary by any yardstick. These provide preferential schemes for Brahmins, the jati (caste) unambiguously… Continue reading Brahmins at the top on all indicators in states with schemes that benefit only them, study says