from the article:
On a salary of $100 a month, Mr. Parameswaran can’t
afford an apartment, so he sleeps in the classroom at night. “I am
suffering,” says the intense young man, using the exaggerated
enunciation of an English teacher. “Unfortunately, I was born as a
Although the role of Brahmins has never been
synonymous with accumulating wealth, many are affluent enough to
educate their children in the better private schools. On average,
members of the caste, who make up about 5% of India’s population of 1.1
billion, are better educated and better paid than the rest of Indian
The term Brahmin has come to be used globally to
describe those at the top of the heap with an attitude to match, as in
Boston Brahmins. Yet close to half of Brahmin households earn less than
$100 a month, according to the Center for a Study of Developing
Societies, a New Delhi think tank. For these Brahmins, the array of
state-mandated preferences for other groups present a high hurdle.
The reverse discrimination is rooted in Indian history
and politics. For decades, Brahmins were resented for their dominance
of the government, economy and culture. Indeed, political parties in
Tamil Nadu sprang from anti-Brahmin feelings. “If you see a Brahmin and
a snake, kill the Brahmin first” was an old slogan.
However this image also shows how the Brahmins are comparatively better compared to other castes, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
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