Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi created a stir on Sunday when he said that Dr BR Ambedkar was a Brahmin and so is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trivedi said, “I have no hesitation in saying that BR Ambedkar is a Brahmin. There is nothing wrong with calling a learned person a Brahmin. In that context, I will say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also a Brahmin.” Trivedi was addressing a gathering during ‘Mega Brahmin Business Summit’ in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Trivedi added, “His surname, Ambedkar, a Brahmin surname, was given by his teacher, a Brahmin.” The speaker also said that Lord Krishna belonged the OBC category and was made God by Rishi Sandipani. Trivedi described Lord Ram as a Kshatriya made God by rishis.
After facing backlash for the comment on Dr BR Ambedkar, when Trivedi was contacted by the TOI, he said, “I request all to listen my speech on YouTube who object to my statement regarding Dr BR Ambedkar and PM Modi of calling them Brahmin. I said all knowledgeable persons are Brahmins. In Bhagwad Gita’s fourth chapter’s 13th sentence, Lord Krishna defined the Varna. He defined caste with respect to a person’s qualities and not by his profession. As we say that a person with high intellect becomes a scientist, doctor or an engineer, likewise a person is called Brahmin irrespective of his birth. Subhas Chandra Bose said that every brilliant person is a Brahmin. He never said that all those who are born in Brahmin family are Brahmins. I request all not to misquote me and listen what I said. I have very high regards for Dr Ambekdar and PM Modi.”