This post is the first of my series on The Brahmin Problem.
Situation One: India is poor. No, Indians are poor. No, no, some Indians are poor.
Stage 1: India has to be seen as modern. Need to identify the poor. The poor cannot self identify as poor. Because the Brahmin knows the poor are greedy, and will claim more than they deserve. Only the Brahmin can do this job. So Brahmin creates opportunities for Brahmins to identify the poor.
Stage 2: Identification done. Anyone who can spend Rs 33/day is not poor. All Savarnas and most SC, ST and OBC can spend this much. Only some SC, ST and OBC cannot. This is a lower castes, tribes and untouchables problem, they were born so low that poverty can only be innate. Brahmin kingdom can fix this. Therefore, Brahmin creates opportunities to develop schemes for the poor.
Stage 3: The poor and Rs 33/day spending SC, ST, OBC cannot be trusted with this, because you know, this needs training from Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Yale. So the Brahmin creates more opportunities and appoints all his relatives in all the schemes, and a few more for selected Savarna appointees.
Stage 4: The less than Rs 33/day spending SC, ST, OBC poor citizens still persist as poor. Now, the Brahmin schemes have to be analyzed for implementation issues. The lower castes, dalits and tribes cannot analyze this, because you know, you have to be faculty or directors at CSDS, NABARD, RBI, IIMs, JNU, DU. So, Brahmin creates Delhi centric academic opportunities for self and a few more savarnas to analyze.
Stage 5: The SC, ST, OBC remain poor. But the Brahmin has identified the implementation loopholes. Creates opportunities for global travel making academic presentations of these findings. On return, Brahmin will fix loopholes by creating opportunities to monitor the implementation pipeline. The lower castes, tribes and untouchables cannot be given these opportunities, because you know, you have to have experience of running large NGOs. So Brahmin creates nationwide opportunities of monitoring teams for Brahmin and Savarna civil society.
Stage 6: By now, it is proved beyond doubt that the SC, ST, OBC are poor, because you know, low birth. But the Brahmin is modern and wants to debunk eugenic reasoning and is committed to anti-racist reasoning and solutions. So he bans beef. Changes age old policy of slow starvation to rapid elimination of poor SC, ST, OBC (across all religions). This naturally leads to the Brahmin Problem.
Brahmin Problem: Elimination of poverty, Annihilation of Caste and such would take away the Brahmin’s capacity to keep creating opportunities for himself. You see, one identified poor SC/ST/OBC individual ensures lifetime opportunities for several tiers of high paying jobs for Brahmin brotherhood. Such are the existential dilemmas of the Brahmins in modern times.