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Anti-Brahminism, also spelled as Anti-Brahmanism, is hatred, prejudice or discrimination directed against Brahmins.
Examples of Anti-Brahmanism
In Indian states
Tamil Nadu is home to one of the oldest anti-Brahmin movements in India. Tamil Brahmins (Iyers and Iyengars) are often held responsible by some sections of the Tamil politicians and media for alleged direct or indirect oppression of lower-caste people. The self-respect movement, a Dravidian Nationalist movement, was started by Periyar based on alleged of Brahmin oppression and resulted in innumerable verbal hate attacks on Brahmins. Alleged "Brahmin oppression" rationalized conspiracy theories and pointed to Brahmins as enemies against whom the radical movements pitted themselves. The legacy of the anti-Brahmanism of the self-respect movement was taken over by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Growing anti-Brahmanism in Chennai provided a rationale for polarization of the lower castes in the DMK movement.
All government schemes for socially and economically backward classes require a caste certificate in Karnataka. Even when poor, Brahmins can not get a caste certificate from the Tahsildar or the Taluk administrator. For example the Vidyasiri programme includes support for poor students from most sections including upper castes like Lingayats while Brahmins are excluded even if poor.
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- Anjaneya, Minister for Backward Classes, Govt of Karnataka
- Politics and Social Conflict in South India, the Non-Brahman Movement and Tamil Separatism, 1916-1929. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969. By Prof. Eugene Irschik
- Editorial by Francois Gautier on anti-Brahmanism
- Article by Pdt Vamadeva Shastri (formerly David Frawley) on anti-Brahmanism
- Article from the well-regarded Indian periodical Outlook comparing Hindu Brahmins to anti-semitic stereotype(s) of Jews
- The Colonial Genesis of Anti-Brahminism by Ram Swarup, Hinduism Today Magazine, November 1997.
- ‘Sacred thread’ that matters in the ‘holy-Dravidian’ land! by B R Haran, News Today, November 10, 2008.
- Pune’s endless identity wars by Rakshit Sonawane, The Indian Express, January 6, 2011.
- Dalit activists protest anti-Brahmin remarks by author, Samachar: (Source IANS), June 13, 2011.