Former Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina landed in a controversy after a commentary during Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) where he revealed his Brahmin identity and said that relates to the culture of Chennai. He has been an integral part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and was speaking about his connection with Chennai. Suresh Raina said I think, I am also Brahmin.
I think, I am also Brahmin- Suresh Raina
Raina, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said, “I think, I am also Brahmin. I have been playing since 2004 in Chennai. I love the culture…I love my teammates. I have played with Anirudha Srikanth, Badri (Subramaniam Badrinath), Bala Bhai (L Balaji)…I think you need to learn something good from there. We have a good administration, we have the license to explore ourselves. I love the culture there, and I am lucky to be part of CSK. Hopefully, we will play more matches there.”
He was subsequently attacked on Twitter where he was accused of being ‘casteist’
“Indian cricketer Suresh Raina casually takes pride in his Brahmin caste. Yuvraj and Ashwin used casteist slurs, Jadeja and Dhawan have shown caste pride. While all athletes around the world are uniting for Black Lives Matter, UC cricketers are still casteist,” said one Twitter user. Along with Raina, other cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja were also attacked for telling their identity.
Raina gets attacked on social media
One said, “Hi Raina and Ravindra, you can glorify your Dwij caste. It is a glorification of the ‘Varna System.’ But how would a ‘Shudra’ and ‘untouchable’ glorify their Varna?” However, Raina also got support for taking pride in his identity. Many called out the abuses who were attacking. In support of Raina, One wrote on the micro blogging site, “Suresh Raina said “I think, I am also Brahmin” while doing commentary. It drew a major backlash on Twitter. Wow, Indian left is certainly more leftist than Karl Marx.”
Suresh Raina also get support on social media
People also pointed out the hypocrisy of those calling out Raina for wearing his identity on his sleeves. One user posted a message saying, “People who carry caste certificates in their wallets have an issue with Suresh Raina knowing he is a Brahmin.”
At a time when nearly all political parties are vying with each other to please Dalits or other backward classes advocating reservations for them, ignoring the Brahmins is a prejudiced trend based on misconceptions. Much ill-found are the facts about the prosperity of Hindus, especially, the Brahmins in today’s India.
When the whole system seems to uplift the Dalits, Brahmin decline in society
UPA government followed an appeasement policy, which appears to be based on obsolete data about the actual state of Dalits in India. At a time when the whole system seems to uplift the Dalits, some facts that no body wants to know. According to a study, there has been an overall decline in the number of Brahmin students. With the average income of Brahmins being less than that of non-Brahmins, a high percentage of Brahmin students drop out at the intermediate level.