Dama Rout seeks apology for his 'Beggar' remarks on Brahmins

Bhubaneswar: After drawing flak for his 'beggar' remarks on Brahmins, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout sought an apology through a video uploaded on social media.

Rout posted a video on his Facebook page saying, he is sorry for insulting Brahmins and that the meaning of his words was changed .

'The Brahmins belong to the upper caste in our religion. We respect them and provide them with alms during need as begging is their tradition. I have not insulted the Brahmins, but have said they are a superior caste, their blessing is a virtue. Therefore, we provide them with alms to earn virtue.  Our culture instructs us to respect them. Am I not a part of the culture? The wrong message has spread because of political reasons,' said Rout.

It may be mentioned here that Rout, while attending a function in Malkangiri recently, stated that tribals never ask for anything; rather Brahmins beg for alms, if situation arises.

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