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FACT CHECK: No, 'Brahmins' are not selling beef in Australia under the brand 'Brahman Pies'

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The claim that 'Brahmins in Australia are selling beef' is misleading because to support their claim, Rajratan presents an Australian company, named 'Brahman pies' that sells beef and tries to liken it to Hindu caste 'Brahmin'. However, the company itself clarified that they are not related to 'Brahmins' and the name of their company is inspired by a breed of cattle named 'Brahman'.

 

Recently, Rajratna Ambedkar,  the great-grandson of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar did a live session on Facebook from Australia claiming that while Brahmins in India consider the cow a deity, those in Australia are slaughtering cows and selling beef under the brand 'Brahman Pies'.

The 6-minute 32-secs long video, which is now shared on his Facebook page has a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "Cow is India's mother, but look who's consuming it in Australia?" 

At the time of writing this article, this video has 5.6 Million views and has been reshared more than 142,000 times. 

In the video, Rajratna claims that 'Brahman Pies' sells many non-vegetarian food items, including beef, and is owned by Brahmins in Australia.

Following this, a Twitter user shared an image of a 'Brahman Pies' outlet with a caption, "The gau-mata of India and Australia are the same, then why the meat of gau-mata is being sold in this hotel 'BRAHMAN PIES' in Australia? Now, what happened to the people supporting Hindutva to make India a world guru? Want to answer my simple question." (Translated from Hindi)

The truth behind the claim

The claim that 'Brahmins are selling beef in Australia' is misleading. 'Brahman Pies' is an Australian-owned company, which indeed sells beef-related food items, but its name, 'Brahman Pies' comes after a cattle breed called 'Brahman' and not the Hindu-caste Brahmin.

After the video went viral, the meet company itself took to social media and clarified that they have nothing to do with the Indian caste Brahmins, which is also spelled differently.

Brahman Pies wrote, "It has come to our attention that there is a video doing the rounds on Facebook in India about our stores and name ‘Brahman Pies’. While we don’t speak Hindi, enough people have contacted us to give a brief overview of the video in question.

We at Brahman Pies would like to set the record straight for the people asking questions.

-We are a 100% Australian owned company (not Indian)

-We have nothing to do with Brahmin (an Indian Caste that is spelt differently)

-We named our pie shops after the Brahman Cattle which can be found on cattle properties all across Australia and are such amazing animals, if you have never researched Brahman cattle before please take the time to do so.

-The publisher of the video and his representatives have never contacted us by any means of communication for clarification of our name nor to inquire about the ownership of our amazing company.

-While the Internet can be a treasure trove of information there is also a lot of miss information and outright lies, this is one of those times.

We hope this answers your questions."

As per the Australian Brahman Breeders' Association Limited, the Brahman breed originated in the United States in the early 1900s where it was developed from the progeny of four Indian cattle breeds with some infusion of British-bred cattle. And, Brahman Pies sells various food items prepared using beef from the cattle breed 'Brahman'.

In the video, Rajratna claims that 'Brahmins in Australia eat and sell beef'. However, we did not ascertain the truth behind this claim. 

In conclusion, the claim that 'Brahmins in Australia are selling beef' is misleading because to support their claim, Rajratan presents an Australian company, named 'Brahman pies' that sells beef and tries to liken it to Hindu caste 'Brahmin'. However, the company itself clarified that they are not related to 'Brahmins' and the name of their company is inspired by a breed of cattle named 'Brahman'.

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