Udupi Madhwa Brahmana Sabha, Kerala
It was in 1976, the “UDUPI MADHWA BRAHMANA SABHA” (Formerly “ALL KERALA TULU BRAHMINS’ FEDERATION”) came into existence at Tripunithura. The Central Organisation was inaugurated and blessed by H.H. Shri Viswesa Theertha Swamiji of Udupi Pejawar Mutt in 1976 and the First President was its Founding Father, late Shri K. Bhima Bhattar. He was later elevated to the position of Chief Patron of the Sabha, by Poojya Pejawar Mutt Swamiji.
The Central Organization, AKTBF commenced its activities with only 3 branches or Units in the first instance, but later on developed itself with 13 Units in Kerala and Tamilnadu along with their Sub-Units in various places, with a membership of nearly 3 lakhs. This organization has been extending its welfare activities to its members and their family on almost all important fields. Some are furnished below:
- Monthly pension to aged, helpless and unsupported members.
- Scholarships for higher education to children of members, who are economically backward.
- Financial assistance to the marriages of daughters of the members who are economically weak and helpless.
- Old-age pension to helpless artists of our community.
- Financial one-time assistance to patients, who are suffering from serious illness.
- “Veda Mantra Sikshana Sibirams” to preserve our culture and heredity.
- Awards to Units and members for their service to the welfare of their members and family.
Some of the programmes under proposal of the Central Organisation are furnished below:-
- Office Building and Temple Complex in the land purchased by the Centre at Tripunithura.
- “Veda Vidya Peetom” patronised by H.H. Shri Viswesa Theertha Swamiji of Udupi Pejawar Mutt at the land at Tripunithura purchased for the purpose.
- A Cultural Museum and Heritage Library.
- Educational Institutions for Higher Modern Technological Education.
- A Community Hall and Old Age Home.
- Small Scale Industrial Units to women of our community.
The Udupi Madhwa Brahmana Sabha has also decided to approach the State and Central Governments to redress their long-standing grievances on a priority basis. Some of the resolutions passed in the Annual General Body meeting held on 16-11-2003 at Kochi are given below:-
- The Central Organization will constitute a Separate Wing to take up the issue of Santhikars who are membership of our community to redress their grievances in service conditions.
- Nearly 3 lakh Tulu speaking members of our community are living in Kerala. But the Government of Kerala inspite of promises, has not recognised them as a Linguistic minority and grant them seperate quota in Education and Employment.
- Sealing them as “Upperclass”, the Udupi Brahmins are denied with reservation in education, employment and other fields. This should be rectified immediately by way of amending the existing reservation system.
- Government of India should include Tulu Language in the 14th Chapter.
Shri. B. Girirajan
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