The privilege/power/social status of the Brahmin/caste Hindu self hides itself by claiming as “we citizens” who “have been abused, ridiculed and trivialized”. This is how progressive upper castes confront the shame of the privilege they enjoy. Who among the “Indians” enjoy full citizenship? Who are denied citizenship? Why certain communities are always asked to prove their loyalty to the country or that they are “Indians”? These questions are never being addressed. By talking for the victims Krishna presents himself as a victim – the “citizen”.It may have escaped your notice, but people condemning the rising crimes by Hindutva fanatics are indeed across castes and religions. As are victims. Narendra Dabholkar, a victim of this fanaticism, was a Brahmin. As is Nikhil Wagle, who got threatened for questioning Hindutva zealotry. I am a Brahmin and have often spoken up for the rights of all sorts of citizens and faced the anger of the Hindutva brigade for it. A reader recently pointed out that those opposing religious or caste discrimination among Brahmins face far more risk than dalit activists – who get more ignored, while we threaten to split the consensus fanatics count on and must be silenced. Us suffering differently from you does not make us fake. Nor is a call to stop inhumanity a claim of personal victimhood. As Brahmins, we have our own style of speaking, as do you. Attacking us because we don’t speak like you does not make you inherently correct, it just is an ad hominem attack.