… but no one has spoken up for me, and so many hundreds of thousands like me. Because I’m born a brahmin – that most hated of castes in the land of my birth.
We are portrayed in school text books as vile creatures who hold fellow humans in contempt and deny them the right to be aspirational. Our mannerisms, dress, customs and appearance are ridiculed in movies and literature. We are stereotyped by associating us with certain identification marks drawn from our language and appearance, which too are fodder for mocksters. We are often deprived of admission to professional courses of choice because no performance is stellar enough for the likes of us who are designated a ‘forward’ community. When it comes to government or public sector jobs, we have to ensure our performance falls within the narrow band of the highest scorers. We are discriminated against at every stage of our lives because history holds our ancestors responsible for various social ills that have percolated to the present day.
Ours is a fast dwindling community, with each subsequent generation choosing to restrict the number of offspring – in a sense, you could say we are a ‘minority’ too. But no one has, or ever will, stand up for us or question the discrimination against us – because, you see, we are brahmin.