Brahmin community leaders in Maharashtra do not want inter-caste marriages. Also, they want Brahmin men to use ‘pandit’ before their names.
“We propose that Brahmin men and women should not enter into inter- caste unions,” Moreshwar Ghaisas Guruji, who heads the Bahubhashiya Brahmin Nyas in Pune, said. “We want to send out a message to the society.”
Inter-caste and inter-religious marriages have led to a dearth of brides and grooms for eligible men and women from the community, he said. Guruji alleged such cross cultural unions lead to domestic as well as property disputes.
“Brahmins must create their own identity,” Guruji said. “Brahmins from one part of the country do not know if a person from another part is a Brahmin. So, we propose that Brahmins use pandit before their names.” He said Brahmins in North India add a ‘pandit’.
These ideas will be put forth at the Bahubhashiya Bramhin Mahaadhiveshan, which will be held later this month, in Nandurbar.
Social activists are, predictably, furious. Writer Hari Narke pointed out that reformers and intellectuals such as Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Chhatrapati Shahu of Kolhapur, RG Bhandarkar, and SV Ketkar — all were for inter-caste marriages as it breaks the caste system. “Hatred against Brahmins is part of politics, fanaticism, and casteism. But inter-caste marriages will bring it down. Once, people are brought together, misunderstandings decrease,” Narke said.
Jaideo Dole, reader in the department of mass communication and journalism, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, said the proposal is “anti-constitutional and anti-human”.