Whose Ego? It is the Ego of the non-Brahmin landed gentry which took a beating. They could not tolerate the son of a poor Brahmin who was dependent on them for generations and who were treated like beggars becoming a district Collector. They never treated the Brahmins as their social equals. Brahmins were derided as Beggars right from the days of Mahabharata.
The only other community treated as such were the Dalits. Now that Dalits have education and money. The other communities are not able to tolerate that.
The major occupation of the Brahmins during the British days was teaching. Especially in schools. They were not paid well and did not become rich. But they taught generations of students. most of them non-Brahmins. Even a die hard D.K. man like M.R. Radha was all in praise of his Brahmin school teacher.
You want to hear stories. You will hear many stories of how poor non-Brahmin students including Dalits were helped by their Brahmin teachers who themselves were only slightly better off.
t is sad that the Tamil Brahmins were hounded out of the educational system of Tamil Nadu during the Congress rule. That too with a Chief Minister who was a disciple of a Brahmin leader.