Who’s a good Hindu
This incident happened to me a few months back – but it left a profound impact on me.
I am a frequent visitor to a particular rural area in Kanchipuram District. On one of my trips I ran into an acquaintance Rangan*. We were chit chatting and I noticed he had a new calf tied in front of his house, I asked him when he got it.
What he told me next jolted me ?
He told me that this was a bull calf and had no use for him. He was passing by a meat shop and saw the calf tied near it. He then approached the shop owner and brought the calf home for Rs 5000 ! Just spur of the moment.
This whole scene gave me the chills – the bull calf just playing around and looking at me with round eyes and his story.
Now Rangan is no rich guy, in fact he does odd real estate jobs and since the slump has been having a hard time. He has even asked me for loans now and then.
I realized I was looking at a real hindu and a real human being. He is from the Yadava community – but this incident instantly placed him higher than most Brahmins I know.
The reason why I posted this was I have been wondering about the sanctity of the birth based brahmin concept for a while. Two earlier incidents are recorded in this post : https://realitycheck.wordpress.com/2007/08/25/brahmins-in-the-age-of-incredible-coolness/
* (names changed for no particular reason)