"A Brahmin Is Twice-Born, Should Be At Helm Of Affairs": Kerala HC Judge

Published : 24 July 2019 12:49 PM GMT
"A Brahmin Is Twice-Born, Should Be At Helm Of Affairs": Kerala HC JudgeImage Credit: Live Law

Justice V Chitambaresh, a sitting judge of Kerala High Court, recently stoked controversy when he listed out some distinct qualities that Brahmins possess in his speech at the Tamil Brahmin’s Global Meet held at Kochi.

He said, “Now who is a brahmin? A brahmin is dwijhanmana – twice-born, because of poorvajanmasuhridham, he is twice-born.”

He further added that a brahmin had all the good qualities that one could possibly list.

“He has got certain distinct characteristics: clean habits, lofty thinking, sterling character, mostly a vegetarian, a lover of Carnatic music. All good qualities rolled into one is a brahmin,” Justice V Chitambaresh said.



He went on to explain the virtues of Brahmins while claiming that he was not expressing any opinion because he holds a constitutional post.

During his speech, Justice Chitambaresh also urged the Brahmin community to agitate against caste-based reservation. He suggested that caste-based reservation needed a revamp.

“It is time for you to deliberate as to whether the reservation should be on the basis of community or caste alone. Occupying a constitutional post, it may not be proper for me to express any opinion, I am not expressing my opinion at all,” he said.

“But I am only kindling your interest or reminding you that there is a platform for you to agitate or to voice your concern about economic reservation alone, and not caste or communal reservation,” he added.

Justice V Chitambaresh also focused on the need and the importance for the Brahmin society to not let anyone sideline members of the community and hoped that the global meet will help bring together members across the globe and exchange ideas between them.

The judge went on to claim that “a Brahmin is never communal, he is always considerate, he is an ahimsavadi (non-violent person)”.

He said, “He loves people, he is one who liberally donates for any laudable cause. Such a person should always be at the helm of affairs for which this Tamil Brahmin meet will definitely be a turning point.”

Senior Advocate Dr A M Singhvi criticized the views of the judge.


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