How a Brahmin-Only Township Was Allowed in 21st Century

Brahmin only township’ in Karnataka has ignited a storm on its social media platforms. There are those who are shocked to hear about a township where non-Brahmins are not allowed to own a house. And others that are disturbed and angry about the fact that the housing project is still in execution despite objections.

The country claims that the caste system has been abolished from the society and now-a-days no one is asking for caste in social circles. But the reality differs from the high claims; casteism is still prevalent in bits and pieces in the country.

Adding more fuel to the case is a township that is set to come up in Bengaluru — this township caters to “only Brahmins” and would only sell apartments to the Brahmin community. This comes at a time, when discrimination and attack against Dalits is reported from all corners of the nation in media.

The Vedic Village- Shankar Agraharam, a ‘Brahmin only’ housing project was planned on the outskirts of Bengaluru in 2013. The international media picked up the story and reported the disturbing trend of ‘segregated housing’ and ‘housing apartheid’ in India.

However, construction of the township is in full swing. The Sanathana Dharma Parirakshana Trust that is funding and developing the project believes in “ emancipation of the living conditions of the Brahmin community and to closely work towards creating a liveable environment, and assets for the future generation of the community”

Not only this, the community can have Non-Brahmin members as house helps since the Brahmin community “will not sweep floor anyway” — says an executive.

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