Brahminism refers to the domination of Indian society of the priestly class of Brahmins and their Hindu-ideology. This domination is being criticised by Anti-Brahminism. Brahmanism is the religion that developed out of the historical Vedic religion,[web 1] and formed one of the constituents of the complex of Indian religions called Hinduism. The Srauta tradition still preserves elements of Brahminism.
Ideology of Brahminism however is blessing to and characteristic of social class of people who take pride in calling themselves as Aryans and are categorized into three Varnas: Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas. It is they who developed this ideology of Brahminism, propagated it in the name of Hindu “religion” and got benefited out of it. B. R. Ambedkar identified six cardinal principles of Brahminism, these are:
1. Graded inequality between different classes
2. Complete disarmament of the Shudras and the Untouchables
3. Complete prohibition of education of the Shudras and the Untouchables
4. Ban on the Shudras and the Untouchables occupying places of power and authority
5. Ban on the Shudras and Untouchables acquiring property and
6. Complete subjugation and suppression of Women.
- 'Hindutva Is Nothing But Brahminism', Outlook, 5 April 2002.