File image of Congress leader Jitin Prasada | Photo: ANI
File image of Congress leader Jitin Prasada | Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: The Congress is set to woo the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh, with its leader and former Union Minister of State Jitin Prasada launching the ‘Brahmin Chetna Parishad’ Monday.

The body seeks to give a “voice” to the Brahmin community, which has been “systematically targeted under the Adityanath regime”, Prasada told ThePrint.

“Since the Adityanath government came to power, the crimes and killings against Brahmins have increased manifold. They are being killed, and they aren’t being given any justice,” he said.

Moreover, Prasada claimed Brahmins are the most targeted community — even more than the oppressed castes in the state. “At the moment, data tells us that Brahmin killings are disproportionately high, more than the other castes,” he claimed.

Prasada, who served as MoS for Human Resource Development and a number of other portfolios in Manmohan Singh’s UPA governments, said the Yogi government has meted out “step-motherly” treatment to Brahmins.


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Previous accusations of Yogi’s ‘caste bias’

The Congress has targeted the Yogi Adityanath government earlier too for ignoring Brahmins for key appointments in the government, despite the community’s overwhelming vote in the BJP’s favour in both the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Yogi, who belongs to the Kshatriya caste, has been accused of “caste bias” by others too.

His cabinet has a total of 58 ministers, which include 28 people from the upper castes, 19 from the backward classes and seven from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Of the upper castes, eight each are Brahmins and Kshatriyas, five are Vaishyas, two Bhumihars, three Khatris, and one Kayasth.

Brahmin representation is ‘tokenistic’

Prasada said he acknowledges that Brahmins have historically been a very well-represented community in the political as well as bureaucratic class.

“Many leaders of the community are in power, yes. But the issue under this government is that it is only a tokenistic representation, they aren’t truly made to feel included,” he said.

This is also not the first time the Congress is trying to woo Brahmins, who are estimated to make up about 10 per cent of UP’s population, though this is the most direct attempt yet.

In 2007, Rita Bahuguna Joshi was made the president of the UP Congress Committee and emerged as the party’s ‘Brahmin face’ in the state until 2012. In October 2016, when she quit the Congress to join the BJP, it was seen as a big blow to the party’s ‘Brahmin voter appeal’.

‘Targeted’ killings

Prasada said he is only trying to raise the issue of the “targeted killings” of Brahmins. “Last month an Unnao-based journalist was killed. Just the other day, four family members from the Brahmin community were hacked to death. All these are important issues that must be raised,” he said.

Prasada was referring to the murder of journalist Shubham Tripathi, who was killed allegedly after a dispute with some elements of “land mafia” on 19 June. Then, on 3 July, Lallan Prasad Pandey and his three family members were found murdered in their home. The motive of the murder hasn’t been ascertained yet.

The Brahmin Chetna Parishad, Prasada said, would act as a platform to hear the problems faced by the community, and help them “find solutions”.

“We want to reach out to Brahmins across professions — lawyers, doctors, teachers. Listen to their woes, be their voice, and help find solutions for them,” he said.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. Baseless, Hinduism is one now, ….Kehne ko me Brahmin Community ka… Pr hme Brahmin manch ki jrurt nahi…. “Hindu manch” bnao jaha hmare smaj se Casteism khtm ho

  2. Hindus are one, Caste Doesn’t matter to us…. I feel good saying, I live with all Hindu brothers…. Never discriminate Bhagwan Valmiki descendants or any Hindus. This is what we taught in RSS Sakhas to eradicate discrimination.
    If you feel discriminated, come to RSS sakha my brother.

  3. Young generation of brahmins are requested don’t Repeat our mistake of creating nuclear families. Numbers count in democracy . If outnumbered you will be kicked whatever be your past contribution to religious reforms, culture, Art, science & freedom struggle. Be upright Be vigorous Be united.

    • Throughout India Brahmins are still the highest regarded caste and represented in both Govt and private enterprises more than 50% despite their number merely 3 %. Brahmins r esteemed high not because of their number or money power , but immense contribution to culture, literature, music everywhere in India. If they take partisan stand like Rajpoot or Yadav or Dalits people start hating them just as none really respect any Thakur, Yadav or Dalit . Honor comes from quality not from quantity.

  4. Hypocrisy of Congress. Their leaders never spoken a word on brutal killings of two Sadhus and their driver in Maharashtra. And now when election is going to commence in UP in 2022 then they are accusing Yogi ji of being anti brahman .This shows the example of ulta chor kotwal ko daate.😡😡👎

  5. This is dangerous. Congress again playing the lowest. HINDUS are one. If congress wants the vote of Brahmins, they must think about their opinion on national security, conversions and respect to Hindus.

  6. What a misleading report.
    He has started “Brahm Chetana Parishad”
    Not brahmin chetna parishad.

    Learn the language first, before writing.

  7. The fight back begins. BJP should be wary. Hatred towards Brahmins is just one inch less than hatred towards Muslims.

    • Brahmins have to do Brahmin’s work. Vikas Dube is just Brahmin by birth but Asur Rakshas by work . He was not a Brahmin.

  8. Hindus are one . There are skirmishes between HINDUS and the congrass desperados will use this to divide Hindus and rule INDIA. Remember HINDU faith believes in education and science. Let journalists whose community are killing each other in thousands and oppose scientific education look inward.

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