Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s 86 years old father was arrested today for his controversial remark on Brahmins.
Chhattisgarh is a heavily forested state in central India known for its temples and waterfalls.
Brahmin is one of the part of four varnas in Hinduism. Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years. Today, with about 900 million followers, Hinduism is the third-largest religion behind Christianity and Islam. Roughly 95 percent of the world’s Hindus live in India.
Varna system is the social stratification based on the Varna, caste. Four basic categories are defined under this system – Brahmins (priests, teachers, intellectuals), Kshatriyas (warriors, kings, administrators), Vaishyas (agriculturalists, traders, farmers ) and Shudras (workers, labourers, artisans).
In ancient India, Brahmins were considered as the highest and most respected among the people.
The Chief Minister’s father, Nand Kumar Baghel, age 86, was not spared. The court has remanded him in judicial custody till September 21. As a result, he will have to spend 15 days in custody for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Brahmins.
In a recent viral video, Bhupesh Baghel’s father Nand Kumar Baghel was heard saying, ‘Call for a boycott of Brahmins. Don’t let them enter the village. They live on the banks of the river. They are foreigners. They think we are untouchables. I will talk to all the communities about this. ‘ Bhupesh Baghel, the Chief Minister of the state, hurriedly took action against his father.
After his father’s arrest by his own police department the Chief Minister stated that “Nobody is above the law before my government, even if he is the Chief Minister’s 86-year-old father. As Chief Minister, I have the responsibility to maintain harmony among different communities. If he made a remark against a community, I am sorry. Legal action will be taken”, he will not get any extra facility in jail”. The Chief Minister directed to file an FIR against his father.
The Chhattisgarh police filed a case against Nand Kumar under sections 153 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code.