Hi everyone. I'm a university student from the U.S. and as a part of my anthropological studies (two years actually), I've been researching Tamil Brahmins for some time. I spent 7 weeks in TN last summer to continue my research and to visit some friends.
The question I am interested in is this: what would you say is the greatest need for Tamil Brahmins? (I am most interested in those living in TN because that's where my research is focused).
Greatest need of TB community in Tamilnadu is education. If equal opportunity is provided in education, then the younger generation will take care of themselves.
Right from school level to higher level, education is totally spoiled in Tamilnadu.
Government schools have lost their relevance. Good private schools are exorbitantly costly.
Traditionally brahmin community didn't accumulate much of wealth. They have been considering education as the best asset. But today they are unable to get good education at reasonable cost.
Privatisation of education right from school to college level has put the community at a great disadvantage. Political leaders irrespective of party affiliation have managed to get licenses to run schools and colleges and are charging exorbitant fees.
Reservation is driving TB community to private colleges. Getting admission in private colleges is not a problem but paying tuition fee and meeting other expenes is the biggest problem.
Second problem is social security. Medical expenses and old age maintenance is the major problem. While medical expenses could be managed to some extent by going to Government hospitals, there is no proper coverage for old age. Since brahmins don't save much, old age has become a big problem nowadays.
All the best