Should Hindu politicians support Brahmins according to scriptures?

Is it a sin if Hindu politicians don't support Brahmins?

Please cite verses from scriptures.

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Should Hindu politicians support Brahmins?

Yes, they should support Brahmins according to scriptures.

Manu 9.313 - Even when fallen in the deepest distress, the king shall not provoke the Brāhmaṇas; for if provoked, they would ruin him, along with his army and conveyances.

Manu 9.317 - Learned or unlearned, the Brāhmaṇa is a great divinity; just as consecrated or unconsecrated, the fire is a great divinity.

Manu 9.319 - Similarly even though they betake themselves to all sorts of undesirable acts, yet Brāhmaṇas should be honoured in every way; for they are the greatest divinity.

Manu 9.322 - The Kṣatriya flourishes not without the Brāhmaṇa; the Brāhmaṇa prospers not without the Kṣatriya; the Brāhmaṇa and the Kṣatriya, when united, prosper here as also in the other world.

Gautama (11.14).—‘It is declared in the Veda—“Kṣatriyas, who are assisted by Brāhmaṇas, prosper and do not fall into distress.”’

Vaśiṣṭha (19.4).—‘It is declared in the Veda—“A realm where a Brāhmaṇa is appointed domestic priest prospers.”’

But this doesn't mean that Brahmanas shouldn't be punished, for the commentator Medhatithi says:

When they betake themselves to forbidden acts, they shall be dealt and punished according to law, gently, and not attacked with force, in the manner of other castes.

Also Narada:

Nārada (18.12).—‘On account of their dignity and sanctity, it is not permitted to either advise or rebuke a King or a Brāhmaṇa, unless they swerve from the path of duty.’

By "advise" it actually means "criticize," since kings have advisers.

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    Question is off-topic but how are kings politicians? Hindu politicians are obligated to follow the rule of the land not what Hindu scriptures say. – sv. Jan 29 at 22:23
  • @sv. For Indian politicians who are Hindu Kshatriyas. – Ikshvaku Jan 29 at 22:57

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