Tamil Brahmins in Kerala are considering involving Hardik Patel, the Patel quota agitation leader, in their campaign to seek minority status.
Kerala Brahmin Sabha vice-president K A Raman said preliminary discussions have been held with Hardik. “We have plans to bring in Hardik for our agitations. A meeting of the KBS will be held in October to chalk out a roadmap for the agitation,” he said.
Raman said that land reforms in Kerala had hit Brahmins badly. “The economic condition of Brahmins is very bad. Our forefathers gave us land for farming. Now such lands have gone into the hands of real estate groups. We demand that our land be given back,’’ he said.
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“We also deserve minority status considering our population,’’ he added. There are 15 lakh Tamil Brahmins in Kerala, which has a population of 3.3 crore.
Raman has resigned as managing director of Kerala Handicrafts Development Corporation, a government undertaking.
Yogakshema Sabha, an organisation of Kerala Brahmins, has also demanded minority status. Its president A K Bhattathirippadu said the norms for deciding minority status should be reviewed on the basis of state-level analysis. The Sabha will meet in Kottayam Saturday.