My thesis on Brahmin Privilege (read the entire thred)

1. If I am a Brahmin, I will be revered in the society and a “Ji” will be added to my name. I will be known as a pundit, although I can be dumb or even illiterate.... (Cont.)

(Inspired by Peggy Mcintosh)
2. If I am a Brahmin, there will not be any difficulty in getting public accommodation. I need not fear that people of my caste cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places they choose.

3. Almost all public places will be open for me....
4. I will find restaurants serving food according to my cultural choices. Asking food of my choice will not be considered a bad thing. Rather, that will enhance my stature.

5. If my neighbour or co-traveller knows my caste identity, he/she will not hate me or look down upon me.
6. I can upload my profile on Brahmin matrimonial sites and not face prejudice.

7. There is every possibility that the interview board I will be facing in a university department will have representatives of my caste.
8. If I am a Brahmin, I can be sure that the books and texts prescribed in the school and college syllabus will reflect my cultural leaning, and many of them will be written by people belonging to my caste....
9. Whenever I am told about our national culture or about Hindu civilisation, I am sure that I am hearing about something that is our caste heritage.

10. Whenever I will be travelling to any Hindu religious place, I will find no difficulty in getting accommodation.
11. If am travelling abroad, I will find a diaspora dominated by my caste members. Many of them are employed because of the diversity policies of foreign companies.

12. Despite getting jobs due to the affirmative action policies in the West, I will keep opposing reservation.
13. Despite getting jobs under diversity principle, I will not consider myself less meritorious.

14. I will oppose affirmative policies of India and consider myself caste-blind or caste-neutral. Opposing reservation will not make me casteist.
15. When I enter a music store and ask for traditional Indian music, there is a fair possibility that the shopkeeper will hand me over something that has been produced by my caste brethren.
16. My caste gets almost 100 per cent reservation for the position of a priest, but I dislike the constitutional scheme of reservations.

17. I will be considered eligible to speak on every topic. My ‘C’ grade work will be cited in research papers by virtue of my surname.
18. Being oblivious and ignorant about the customs, traditions and present situation of the majority population, which is lower caste, does not make me a bad scholar. I will still talk about the whole nation.
19. My love for the nation and patriotism are a given, and even if someone of my caste sells defence secrets to Pakistan or China that will have no bearing on my caste.

20. My caste is the mainstream.
21. I get jobs in the private sector easily because my name is referred to by people of my caste in higher positions. But that does not make me casteist.

22. If I speak for the backward classes or SCs, I will be considered humanist and democrat.
23. But if someone from the lower caste does the same, he/she will be branded casteist.

24. When I watch television to follow news or debates, my caste people are over-represented as analysts, anchors and editors.
25. My caste people write most of the opinion pieces in the ‘National Press’.
The university libraries are full of books written by scholars of my caste.

26. If I do something foolish or boorish, or even heinous, nobody will attribute it to my caste.
27. I will consider myself a great humanist for eating or studying or working together with a Dalit or attending marriage of someone from the lower caste. This is sufficient to make me caste-neutral.
28. If my hostel mate is someone of a lower caste, I can produce this fact to prove that I am not casteist.

29. If I am a Brahmin and if a case is being heard in the higher judiciary, there is a fair possibility that someone of my caste will be at the bench to hear my case.
30. If I am a Brahmin, I will find it easy to publish my thesis in an academic journal where people of my caste are members of the editorial board. (Thanks Prof. Peggy Mcintosh for writing White Privilege)
Many of the Brahmin friends are saying that they haven't experienced such privileges. The truth of the matter is that such privilege are meant to be invisible. This is about social & cultural capital which one can utilize at appropriate time. At the same one can act ignorant.
In western academia, we have ample literature on white privilege, mostly written by white scholars. As no Brahmin scholar has the guts and the honesty to write on the privileges they have, I tried to map this phenomenon based more on common sense and a perspective from below.
Yet another thesis on #Brahmin Privilage. Author - Sumeet Samos

It seems that this field is now opening up and we need epistemological and ontological interventions, especially from the Brahmin scholars.
“In my judgment, it is useless to make a distinction between the secular Brahmins and priestly Brahmins. Both are kith and kin. They are two arms of the same body, and one is bound to fight for the existence of the other.” - Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste, chapter -21
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