Thanks to our present Indian political leadership and sociological environment, we, the people of India, have become very conscious of our religion and caste. It can even be said that never before there was so much of discussion and division due to this awareness. Any Government document, be it an application for school admission or for a job or even for observing the last rites for the dead comes with a question regarding the religion and caste of the person filling up the form. So is the case for getting a tuition fee waiver or a scholarship for further studies or to obtain any social service benefit. Caste comes first in our present day society. The Government of India or for that matter, any State Government in the Union of States of India, talks of its people only in terms of Scheduled Castes (known in the Indian Government parlance as SCs), Backward Castes (BCs), Economically Backward Castes (EBCs) and/or Other Backward Castes (OBCs). In such an environment, with the struggle for existence being a matter of utmost importance, many caste organisations have mushroomed in the country. Next came their urge for political power. No wonder, now, the elections in the country are being fought on the planks of castes, with party tickets for contesting the elections being distributed mainly on the criterion of caste of the applicants seeking party tickets to fight the elections. So much so, one is not allowed to forget the caste at any point of time.
Though classified as belonging to one of the few FCs - Forward Castes- the Brahmins are facing numerous problems because of this caste dominance in the Indian society. It is, in this context, all the more necessary for Brahmins to understand where they stand and what they stand for. Before that they all should have - if not comprehensive - at least a concise knowledge of their story and history.
Society can be defined as an amalgamation of communities. Communities are made up of different people coming and living together. Just as it is natural for a family to have differences within its own members, so it is for a community. When such differences crop up, it is but natural either to register a protest or to walk on a different path, gathering a few more to follow on the new path. All the religions have come into existence in this fashion.
Be it Buddhism or Christianity or be it the Islam. A prophet, a saint or a messenger of God sees things differently and starts on a journey in a newly chosen path. People may see reason in his proclamations and follow him.
And, lo, a new religion comes into existence!