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Caste tag for educational institutions triggers thought provoking debate

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A doubt in my mind for a long time:
Any minority will need the Government's support in order to retain the minority group's special identity, culture and peculiarities. The idea is not to allow a gobbling up of a unique group's culture by the monolith majority. The term minority can be applied to brahmins as a group too. They live in the midst of a huge majority of others (2% versus 35%, 40%and more). And there is a relentless attempt by the majority to completely wipe out the minority by swallowing it. By the same logic that applies to Muslims, Christians and Parsis brahmins too should be treated as a minority on the brink of extinction and allowed to get the minority benefits.
Dear Vaagmi,
I am sure you understand the concept of minority in a democracy.

Democracy is simply the rule of majority. The side that won the elections is the "majority" and the side that lost the elections is the "minority". When it is said that the rights of the "minority" should be protected, it simply means the government run by "majority" should not take away the rights of those who voted against them.

In India, this definition has been completely perverted to suit the interests of people belonging to minority religions.

Even the specific constitutional guarantees to ensure protection of identity/culture/religion as you mentioned in your post is being grossly misused.

For example, the constitution prevents govt from interfering in institutions that are intended to promote culture/religion of minorities. This should apply to madrassas, churches or colleges that impart biblical education etc.
These institutes will naturally cater to the needs of the minority in sustaining and promoting their culture and religious symbols and ideology.

However, this proviso is being completely misused to run institutions that impart purely secular education. The OP casually clubs Madras Christian college with Hindu Benaras University. The similarity ends with the name. The Christian-run institutions, even if aided, can and does discriminate in favor of Christians both in appointment of students and faculty. You must be aware that recently Stephens hiked their Christian faculty quota to 40%. A hindu institute imparting secular education cannot favour hindus even if it is unaided. In this way there is blatant communal discrimination. Thanks to RTE, now hindus cannot even run schools without govt interference. Ironically people who support such discrimination are deemed secular and those who oppose are called communal.

Coming back to your post, my opinion is that the only protection that the Brahmins could rightfully seek is for running Veda Patashalas and similar institutions that help in promoting our culture and religion.
 
Ref post # 26 and the following news article:

Five families ostracized in Guntur - The Times of India

This is the type of democracy we have in India where people are forced to face punishment even for their choice of vote.

This is not some isolated case. In TN, it is a practice of the dravidianist political parties to discriminate against the people of a constituency if they vote against the ruling party in panchayat or other local body elections. They won't receive any of the freebies or the constituency will be overlooked for PDS supply etc just because they vote against the ruling party.

Thus the protection of minorities has been completely subverted. Of course, the minorities here represent democratic minority and not religious minority.
 
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There is no dearth of educational institutions having religious names. Islamic, xian, khalsa schools and colleges and universities exist. If they do not vitiate the atmosphere, what is the trouble about a Vaisya college, or a Brahmin Inst of techonology?
 
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There is no dearth of educational institutions having religious names. Islamic, xian, khalsa schools and colleges and universities exist. If they do not vitiate the atmosphere, what is the trouble about a Vaisya college, or a Brahmin Inst of techonology?
 
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