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Caste and conversions

From: D Bala Sundaram (dbsundaram_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Nov 15 2001 - 09:39:49 PST

There were some scholarly postings on the subject.

The fact remains that a converted Brahmin (if that is at all possible) is considered inferior. Why?

As long as certain privileges are granted and enjoyed by any group and denied to another group based only on birth, the issues of caste will never be settled.

The reason why persons of lower economic strata wish to  protect the rights enjoyed by them based on caste( brahmin) is possibly the economic gains that they make out of such rights. However the lack of emphasis of the upper strata on the caste may not always be out of a belief in the relevant scriptures, but to the lack of  economic gains that accrue to them due to caste.


However the enlightened Sri Vaishnavites must try to eliminate the distinctions and disadvantages among Sri Vaishnavites based on caste. I really heartened that to find a large number of them in this list. May their tribe increase.

adiyen Ramanuja dasan

D Bala sundaram


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