hai to all..
can anyone say what is the reason to hesitate to start the business...
the question above may suit not just brahmins, but many other communities also. but as the question is directed on brahmins let us venture in that direction.
The prime initial requirements for starting a business are capital and entrepreneurship.
As the capital requirement for a business is high , and most Brahmins are just middle class or lower middle class status, they were not venturing into business.
Lack of capital can be somewhat compensated with aggressive entrepreneurship. But as a community in general, Brahmins lack this. This is mainly because, hereditary factors, as the earlier generations were also not businessmen and being still lower in financial capacity the high fear of risk was there.
It is also a practical truth that, to be a very successful business, it needs some deviation or compromise with law and rules. In general Brahmins are afraid and averse to this. .
Hence they feel that a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. Thus they tell themselves they are satisfied with what they have.
However, some hereditarily rich (a small minority) had been in business in the earlier generations also. These were mostly restricted to trading in textiles, doing medium size hotels, agency distribution for some established companies. Again it was safe play. Some others were following the conventional area of tution centres, teaching of type-shorthand, small size eateries etc, where capital and risk is not much.
In many households at least the eldest had responsibilities to look after the joint family with parents, siblings , with unmarried sisters. So till all these are solved he cannot take a risk. So in these families, sometimes the youngest may be encouraged to venture into some risky areas, including doing business, etc, as by the time he nears earning stage, the family would have settled somehow.
But as the situations have changed, many present day brahmin youngsters take up business, consultancy. Many middle age persons have entered into catering, wedding arrangements, pilgrimage travel etc. Some are successful in textiles, a few in manufacturing fields. Today capital is better available thru banks and financial institutions, there are many inbuilt protections for business risks like insurance, ECGC for exporters, guarantee for small scale sectors etc.
So the question may become irrelevant in the case of coming generations. This should be encouraged and welcomed by the community.