Stereo Typing a Brahmin…
Truth is neither myself or any of my relatives or friends who belong to this cursed community reveal our cultural identity in a public space. Not that we care to do it is a concious effort to ensure that our religious identity is not revealed at any cost. This is the case with most brahmins in the city i have interacted with and there is a reason why.
Before you judge me as a BJP or an RSS supporter i will kindly remind you that im an atheist of first cadre and the BJP or RSS/VHP did no good for than the Congress for the Kashmiri Brahmins during their reign. So forget the losers and lets move on with our discussion….
Note: I could not figure out quite how to put this from a third person perspective so i addressed it as “I” which is a easier thing to write. Read it as from a common man/3rd person perspective.
Its a delicate situation. Credit the solid foundation work laid by politicians like Anna, MGR, Kalaignar and the long list of dravidian leaders the word “Brahmin” today reminds everyone of arrogant, dis-respective, communal and abusive extremists who whip the lower caste dalits or whomever it maybe till they die. Thats a vivid picture that paints your mind when you hear that word.
Its true that the past is not a clean tale for the brahmins. Their hands are as much covered in blood as it can be. And yes, its a closed community who don’t allow easily outsiders inside their homes and don’t maintain any sort of interactive relationships outside the community. But that has changed all over now to such a drastic extent. Everytime someone happens to find out my cultural identity exclamations fire around “but you don’t look like one!”. The shock on their faces reveal a lot more than what the words can say. I apologize and tell them im a bad one and i dont wear my holy symbol on the forehead.
The point is how long do we stereotype people? Why the hatred? An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind, this being cleverly deployed by politicians to keep us blind where in the meantime they rob us off everything.
Some real funny questions come up when some people find out you are a brahmin. I’ve been asked “how come you eat eggs?” and “How come you listen to english music?” “Why are you not wearing the poonal?” “where is your sign on the forehead?”
I mean does that mean that all acharyas today are in the goldsmith trade and all chettiars have oil store and provision stores. I disbelieve that because most of the work with me in a top dog IT company and are good colleagues and friends. I often get asked “Why did you brahmins treat us lower caste people badly? Untouchables huh? You deserve it all!” kind of statements. Its very very funny because i have to travel back in time using a time machine and find out which loser great grand father of mine abused which lower caste person, hand cuff him and probably in a shariya style punishment execute him or something, perhaps that would chill down these questions and statements.
As long as stereo typing exists progress will be lame. We will never have all communities of a society as a whole coming forward to make a change. This my dear ladies and gentlemen is our problem. We need to address this.
To start with the field caste and community could be erazed with all bloody forms both governmental and non governmental. I mean we have cell phones and PAN cards nowadays, sure we dont need caste and community as a means of identification.