Dear Mr Brahmanyan,It is my view that, basically Tamil Brahmins are individuals. That is the same with all "free thinking communities". For instance, Jewish community in Israel have about 15 active political outfits out of total members of 120 in the Knesset, (the Parliament).
Tamil Brahmins are united only in Vedic Chanting and other major religious and cultural gatherings. Otherwise very difficult to unite Tamil Brahmins under one umbrella.
As an elderly and thoughtful statesman who is highly respected in this forum I wanted to respond to your post above.
All human beings are individuals. Yet many carry an identity about their heritage, cultaral associations, national identity etc.
My question was addressed to those that call themselves a Tamil Brahmins. This forum is titled 'Tamil Brahmins Community'. So what makes someone feel an association with forums (online or otherwise) beyond just to shoot the breeze?
If it is purely based on birth caste there is nothing to preserve. Nature will take care of preserving what is worth preserving.
In this forum itself many have lamented about the issues faced by the TB community but if we cannot even name what makes this a community, what is worth preserving? For all the reasons outlined in Post 1, the next generation has very little to look towards the current generation.
Many do not care for their caste identities which is a great thing, but is there any merit to a cultural idenity.
There are very few that do Vedic chanting. I cannot even remember the Sandhyavandam mantras anymore. Most TB priests do not want their children to follow their profession. All Upanayanam functions that I have attended are nothing but Photo-ops. I am sure there are few that will attend Veda Patshalas but those are very few in numbers. Many that attended such schools ended up doing other things in life.
Do you take yourself to be a TB other than reason of birth?
Are there any cultural elements worth preserving in your view?
Thanks and Regards