"There is a popular notion that education in India was monopolized by the Brahmins; but the data destroys this myth completely. This interested lie was first spread by the missionaries and the British rulers and the colonized mind of many Indian intellectuals still continue to++
sing their tune.
But the data reveals a different story. It tells us that out of the total number of 175,089 students, both male and female, elementary and advanced, only 42,502 were Brahmins (24.25%); 19,669 were Vaishya students (about 11%); but 85,400 were Shudras++
(about 48.8%); and still 27.516 more were "all other castes", meaning castes even lower than the Shudras including the pariahs (15.7%).
Thus the higher castes were only about 35% and the Shudras and other castes were about 65% of the total Hindu students.
If we also include the Muslims who were about 7% of the total Hindu and Muslim students, then the share of the Brahmins was even less".