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How can we explain the superior (on average) intellectual performance of the Brahmin ‘caste’?

Regardless of the merit or otherwise of the caste system (it is extremely immoral; a great evil), there seems to be (almost) no doubt that Brahmins do have some above-average intellectual skills.

The greatest skill that some of the most intelligent specimens of this 'caste' brought to the table, of course, is the very idea of the caste system. There can perhaps be nothing as "smartly designed" as the caste system in which you chant mantras that call others inferior and YET manage to get these "inferiors" running around you to be part of the "system" – and to give you dakshina.

The Brahmins insult others openly. The Dharmashastras, written by the Brahmins, are full of insults for other castes.

Manusmriti: One should consider a Brahman ten year-old and a Kashatriya hundred year old as father and son; but of them the Brahman is the father. A Shudra is not worthy of respect on the ground of his wealth or knowledge no matter how high he may be.

Taittiriya Brahmana: The Brahman Caste is sprung from the Gods; the Shudras from the Asuras (daemons).

Vishnu Smiriti: The name to be chosen should be auspicious in the case of a Brahman, indicating power in the case of a Kashatriya, indicating wealth in the case of the Vaishya and indicating contempt in the case of the Shudra.

And of course, many Brahmins have never hesitated to humiliate Dalits like Ambedkar and Jagjivan Ram. Plus the usual humiliation of women – and insistence on a son to undertake funeral rites: which is the cause of the great tragedy of the missing girl children of India. If Christian priests have behaved badly, then Hindu priests have behaved much worse – and have managed, very cleverly, to build a constituency that doesn't challenge them. The Pope is on the defensive. But the Brahmin is still supreme – and able to chant his (sometimes vile) mantras without any push back or questioning.

It takes great intellectual prowess to design an abusive system and make the victim thank you for it!  The caste system is a web which you can't enter or escape from, without paying the Brahmin.

This tells us at least something about the exceptional intellectual skills some Brahmins bring to the table.

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But what are the ACTUAL FACTS? Are Brahmins actually 'smarter' than others?

The [unverified] data on caste related IQ that started me off on this recent spurt of analysis of caste, race and related matters, is probably (broadly) right. If other controls (like environmental/ economic factors) are ignored (for want of data), the intellectual performance of the Brahmin caste seems to be significantly higher than what would otherwise be expected.

Here are some examples. None of these sources is peer-reviewed so I'm hesitant to generalise, but they seem broadly consistent with my understanding of the way the India works. And SOME data is better than no data.

I'll make some broader comments after the data.

In the California 2012 National Merit list, there were 184 Indian winners of which

Brahmin = 112
North Indian Aryan Upper castes = 40
Dravidian Upper castes = 25
Patels ( middle ranking ) = 3
Sikhs ( middle ranking ) = 4

In the US diaspora, Sikhs and Patels despite being 40% of the diaspora, win just 4%. [Source]

And this:

The Almighty Brahmin! by Khushwant Singh

Whatever be the sphere of curiosity – literary, scientific, bureaucratic, or whatever, the Brahmin remains the top dog. Before I give details, we should bear in mind that Brahmins form no more than 3.5% of the population of our country. My statistics come from a pen friend, Brother Stanny, of St. Anne’s Church of Dhule in Maharashtra.

They hold as much as 70% of government jobs. In the senior echelons of the civil service from the rank of deputy secretaries upward, out of 500 there are 310 Brahmins, i.e. 63%. Of the 26 state chief secretaries, 19 are Brahmins; of the 27 Governors and Lt. Governors 13 are Brahmins; of the 16 Supreme Court Judges, 9 are Brahmins; of the 330 judges of High Courts, 166 are Brahmins; of 140 ambassadors, 58 are Brahmins; of the total 3,300 IAS officers, 76 [per cent?] are Brahmins. Of the 508 Lok Sabha members, 190 were Brahmins; of 244 in the Rajya Sabha, 89 are Brahmins.

This 3.5% of Brahmin community of India holds between 36% to 63% of all the plum jobs available in the country. [Source]

And this:

Brahmins occupy a lot of the intellectually demanding positions (I cannot find the source but I recall reading that almost all members of India’s version of the Manhattan Project were composed of Brahmins). A lot of the (super high IQ) US Indian immigrants appear to be Brahmins. [Source]  In the Indian Manhattan project team of 18, of which 15 were brahmin and 3 merchants. [Source]

And this: Most winners of spelling bee contests are Brahmins (including all three finalists this year, apparently) [Source]

Even in cricket, apparently 7 out of 11 cricketers in India's cricket team are/were Brahmins.

It seems an impression of Brahmin intellectual capability exists in India, so we have this: Infertile Indian couples demand high-caste 'Brahmin' sperm


ASSUMING the above data indicate a genuine difference in intellectual ability between castes, we can make one of the following deductions:

a) Environmental: Brahmins have a culture and home environment that focuses on intellectual (and spiritual) pursuits – which gives them an edge.

b) Genetic: Brahmins have created a racist caste system which is designed to preserve their "genes".

c) A combination of the two.

My preference is for (c). I have no doubt that the caste system HAS created a genetic pool that gives Brahmins (on average) an innate intellectual advantage over other castes. But I believe that effect is relatively modest.

In the main, I believe that (a) is the main driver of the observed results. The tradition of having book/s at home, of getting formally educated, must create an environmental advantage that no other caste can offer its children.

This tells me two things:

i) The idea that Indian "race" has a low IQ is total nonsense. That myth should be put to bed. Given the right environmental opportunities (like the Brahmins get), there is no reason why the whole of India can't perform wonderfully well.

ii) EVERY Indian will do well to imbibe a similar interest in intellectual pursuits, like the Brahmins.

But there is an obstacle to achieving (ii).

One of the key obstacles is the CASTE SYSTEM itself. It destroys the home environment of the lower castes/ outcastes, and prevents the possibility of their rising to their potential.

The reform of the caste system should start from the top. The oppressed are so intellectually weakened by centuries of oppression they have very limited mental ability to even fight it. They need all the help they can get.

The reform will need to start with Brahmins who realise the immorality of this system system and walk away from it. By doing so, they will allow other castes/groups/communities in India to rise to their potential. Raja Rammohun Roy was an excellent example. Now much more needs to be done.

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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16 thoughts on “How can we explain the superior (on average) intellectual performance of the Brahmin ‘caste’?
  1. cutie

    The brahmin community has been one of the dirty communities which has planned strategically to fool people in the name of god by generating the highest donations in the temple, doing business to fool and loot money in the name of puja, death, marriage, new home… For any occasion, there’s one puja. They charge very high prices and take away all the items after the puja. They have created prostitution in the name of devadasis. They suppress jobs and employment and welfare and equality are destroyed. they have destroyed the Indian medical system. They have killed Indian medical science like siddha vaidhyam and created ayurveda and carnatic music by destroying dravidian music. Even today they have the temples under their control. They say they don’t like untouchables, but they have always been sexually harassing low caste women.

  2. cutie

    We always talk about religion and castesim but in reality there is no any caste and religion. We all are same our blood are same.then why we believe in discrimination. God never created any caste they made simple human being.. Mentally sick people take the path of fundamentalism and spread casteism and communism. They suffer from inferiority complex and divide the society into “we” and “they”. They (belonging either to higher or lower ranked caste) have a fear in their heart that if they do not get a higher place for themselves in society, “other” people are going to exploit them and going to put them down.They don’t have believe on themselves and their own work. They have doubt own their capability. People with negative mindset suffer from inferiority complex and divide society into compartments like higher castes or lower castes.and can’t tolerate “others” progress or well-being. They cannot work hard and cannot tolerate anybody else’s achievements. These are the people with negative mindset who believe in ranking some belonging to higher castes and/or some to lower castes. They are coward and they are unable to protect themselves…

  3. DhinaChaka

    Deduction (b) assumes Brahmins knew abour genetic science millenia ago, do you actually believe that?

    @cutie: yeah you are so cute and represent love and blah blah blah. listen you moron we Brahmins are smart enough to keep violent, greedy liars like you under our feet forever. hahahaha.

  4. Atul

    Deduction (b) assumes Brahmins knew abour genetic science millenia ago, do you actually believe that?
    They need not know about genetics to infer the preservation of superiority (even if false) by means of mate selection. Numerous civilizations much before Christ had similar processes and safeguards in place to allow marriages between specific communities and royal families. Read about ancient egyptian and mayan societies.

    @DhinaChaka – your claim has already been null and void on 26 Nov. 1949 when constitution of this great nation was given to us by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Are you still living in some imaginary India?

  5. Ganesh

    First of all I want make it clear to all my friends, who speaks about the “intelluctuallism of Brahmins a mythical absurd”. I cent percent agree Brahmins have the upperhand because they denied education(demolished the system of education) for others to make them slaves for centuries and future generations of theirs. So only they can suppress people who are around them who do hardwork, whose sweat and blood can be exploited for generations intellectually!!

    India was a country before the arrival of the so called invaders without any cast and creed and enjoyed prosperity and social justice than any other countries or race in the world. Thats the 10000 year old Indian history and culture marked in the past for the rest of the world. But during this period the ancestors of the so called intelluctual invaders were leaved in caves using the “grunt grunt” language (They don’t even have a refined language to communicate among themselves)!!. They arrived India(Indus valley civilization) and they can’t fight or conquer the native people of India who were all dravidians that time so they used the God, demon, avtars of god to create fear and respect amongst others and became the self declared apostelens of God!! They used the god and social system to create the “chathurvarnya” to divide and rule the mass.

    They became the middlemen between the mythical gods and innocent people who accepted the foreign invader due to their initial foolish hospitality and respect for other cultures. ” Unity in diversity and Secularism” Beauty of two words !! Destruction of a civilization :-)

    They arrived as guests and became the (g)hosts!! These so called Individuals can they do hard work ? No way they can’t!! They were the weakest!! know how to loot, how to steal and how to fool.. Thats it ! can we call this intellectuallism ? If so they are !! I agreed a ton times..

    Why the so called intellectuals can perform well in India only(especially in IITs /Indian research firms and Indiain top Beaurocracy ? If you don’t know the answer refer dictionay for the word “Syndicate” and read Manusmrithi in “holy” text some where its mentioning to pour melted led to some holes in a human’s body if he(non brahmin) do some thing.

    The so called Intellectuals headed many prestigious Institutions for decades IITs,ISRO, DRDO, IISCs and many similar organizations by the use of this syndicate. Why they not made any innovations or breakthrough technology which is useful for a society of 1.2 Billion population in all these decades? Why after decades of intellectual leadership of these invaders and their progenies India has to depend on Technology of West and East? Still looking for west for life saver technologies to save the faces of these intellectual invaders? Answer is simple he can’t take any challenge, can do no hard work, he knows only looting for that he needed a low cast fool to be under his boot, who will work and complete the task..
    But that not easy nowadays first of all he denied the entry for the low caste to educate for decades.. And by chance any lowcast is there to do work in the present scenario it is difficult to make him fool and loot his sweat!! What can be done easily is lobbying against the (low)cast and corner him and deny his growth by the power of Syndicate of progenies…

    Why many of their’s tricks not works in US or UK? Please Answer!! Why many of them can’t compete Universities like Berkely / Stanford/ Carnegie Mellon instead of cometing IITs and among Indian average people? Why ? Answer!!

    Monsters can still become intellectuals by denying education and opportunity to others, if there a place/country/race on earth were innocent people are still there who respect foreigners and give them hospitality and allow them to be the masters of their land and law unknowingly or by the fear of god/demon, what ever may be by the mythical stories and celestial forces as it happend in Indus valley date backs to centuries but impossible now a days in India. If any one knows such a place still on earth other than India please post the name here!! Interested progenies may be here..

  6. Sampan

    One first class typical low IQ Indian has created this blog and typical low IQ low caste people have commented.

    Hey Ganesh:You idiot Bengali Brahmins with 2 million population have already produced 3 Nobel prize worthy work from India.Tagore,IVF pioneer Subhas Mukhopadhyay,Amartya Sen.

    In USA Bengali Brahmins have 5000 population and from that population we have 1200+ patents which is best stat in the world.In USA we have also won 14 grammy awards(Ravishankar and his daughter Nora Jones),2 Pulitzer winners and one of the greatest microbiologist dr Anandamohan Chakraborty.

    In 2012 Ashoke Sen working in India won world’s richest scientific prize $3M-Milner prize.

    So don’t comment about your superior MASTER Bengali Brahmin and stay under our feet.

  7. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    I posted this obnoxious comment from a third rate “brahmin” (some of these people are truly despicable) to keep on record that there are good reasons why many “brahmins” are deeply hated in India.

    This joker never understood the slightest about the analysis in my post and went off on a tangent, thumping his stupid chest. This joker has not the slightest achievement to his credit but thumps his chest like the typical THIRD raters who can’t think scientifically. Shame on such “brahmins”. They bring great shame to India.

  8. Sampan

    Oh Idiot! Among 1200+ patents in USA,our family has 330+ patents.

    Google this name:Inventor Arpan Chakraborty.At age of 32 he(my cousin) has 190 patents.He will go down one of the greatest inventor of all time.My uncle inventor Amit Chakraborty has 113 patents and I have 48 patents at age of 26.

    Read this blog-Indian/Chinese IQ puzzle(comments 949-981).I wrote about it there and since then whole world follow us on twitter.

    We are not third rate Brahmin as you first class idiot have commented,but we are best in the world.Now be jealous of your superior MASTER.

  9. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Sampan, thanks for this, Master. Let me review your patents. Full name please, and URLs to these patents. Also full bio.

  10. Sampan

    Google Inventor Parag Chakraborty(Sampan is my nick name).Visit justia patents,and you will find it.Wait for 20-25 years,both Arpan and I will cross 500 patents and there are less than 50 persons in the world who have above 500 patents.

    There are 2 Indian with more than 500 patents.They are inventor Gurtej Sandhu,who is world’s 5th greatest inventor with above 1100 patents and another is Ravi Arimelli with above 500 patents.

  11. Sampan

    I have read your blog regarding myself and my family.First of all I am not a Brahmin hero.I praise all intellectuals of the world.For example Ashkenazi Jew have 2.25% population in USA and they have won 40% Nobel prize in USA.Bengali Brahmins(Kulin Brahmin came on top in IQ test with score of 122.AShkenazi Jew have IQ 113.)Indian Brahmin on average have IQ 110,but they are not doing as well as Bengali Brahmin.

    So far only Bengali and Tamil Brahmin have produced Nobel prize worthy work,but more credit goes to Bengali Brahmin as we worked in 3rd world(Kolkata).

    FYI:I don’t understand why you bring IIT,but let me tell you none of my my family member studied in IIT.Arpan did his B.Sc from Calcutta university and PFD from UCSB.

    There are many IITians in USA,but none of them has made 190+ patents at age of 32.

    Regarding twitter one can read my tweet without following it.Ever since I posted at the forum Indian/Chinese IQ puzzle,people around the globe are following.Twitter only shows some accounts who are following.It includes Nobel laureates,Stephen Hawking,Tim Berners Lee,Hollywood actors,musicians,President Obama,David Cameron etc.

    I have not enough time to write all these names but all are following my tweets without following my twitter account.That’s it.My final comment…

  12. Arpan Chakraborty

    I just checked our twitter account @bosemicrowave and found a notification from you.

    I have heard everything from Sampan,but I understand your hate towards Brahmin community and those who have commented.It’s not difficult for me to understand that inferiority complex of you and those who have commented have tempted you to make those remarks.

    In Bengal along with Brahmin the Kaystha community have done pretty well.One of the greatest inventor,inventor of wireless/radio Sir J.C Bose was Kayastha.One of the all time greatest physicist Satyendranath Bose whose work has produced 10-12 Nobel prize winner is a Kaystha.American Hall of fame inventor Amar Bose,Physicist D.M Bose,Oscar winning movie director Satyajit Ray,world famous saint Swami Vivekananda were all Kayastha.

    Regarding twitter,yes it’s true that both of our accounts are followed by some of the best people/intellectuals of the world.

    Read Indian/Chinese IQ puzzle.

    Sampan posted comment number 899 and then 949-981.He posted the entire invention of radio and several other things on science.Since then inventors,Nobel laureates.musicians such as Paul McCartney,Justin Bieber,Lady Gaga,Rihanna,Shakira,Linkin Park and several other musicians follow us.Similary Presidents/Prime ministers of several countries or people such as Donald Trump,Hillary Clinton,Nobel prize,CERN,NASA,Fermilab,SLAC,LHC News,Royal society,Pope Francis,Dalai Lama,Unesco,Unicef,World economic forum etc follow us.Similarly from world of sports Michael Phelps,Usain Bolt,Several soccer stars,Tennis players such as Roger Federer,Rafa Nadal or people like Tiger Woods,SIr Chris Hoy etc follow us.Similarly from world of literature J.K Rowling,Paulo Coelho etc follow us.
    You don’t find them in our follower list because in twitter one can read your tweet without following you and all these people are doing this trick.

  13. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Both Sampan and Arpan – you surely must be extreme duffers. You still don’t get my point?!

    Seriously to be pitied. Pat on your back, now go away.

  14. Sourabh

    IQ values are not absolute. It has been found that IQ rates can vary according to nutrition (especially in the growing years) and environment. That is why the average IQ levels in developed countries with good educational systems and social security is much higher than developing countries. The bramhins have traditionally have had the upper hand. No wonder their children are fed better and nurtured in an environment which fosters education and intellectual growth. No other mystery.


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