The Brahmin people are a prominent community spread across the whole of India.
The Brahmin are the highest of the four Hindu castes, made up of priests and scholars of Vedic literature and their traditional occupation is to concern themselves with the spiritual guidance of the people, conduct rites at marriages, births, deaths and other auspicious occasions.
According to Hindu law and tradition, the spiritual and intellectual power of the Brahmin is strictly separate from the temporal power of the Kshatriya, the ruler or warrior class.
Since India’s independence in 1947 there has been large numbers of Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, MPs and Members of the State Legislative Assemblies (MLAs).Although the Brahmin can follow any profession or means of livelihood, no one except a Brahmin can be a socially accepted priest.This was the main reason why many opposed the decision by the BJP government to offer a university degree in Hindu priesthood.Despite this, Indian society continues to place a premium on the status at birth.The Brahmin’s traditional occupation is that of a priest. In Orissa, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh, many Brahmin own land and practice agriculture, but an increasing number are also in white-collar jobs, government service, business, household industry and astrology.