Dalit scholar suicide: Pressure builds on Centre to dismiss Dattatreya

Dalit scholar suicide: Pressure builds on Centre to dismiss Dattatreya

The suicide of a Dalit student in Hyderabad  has taken a form of a protest all over the country. This incident took place on Tuesday. The opposition parties have encircled the BJP-led NDA govt. and have created a pressure to sack the Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya who has been held responsible for the scholar’s suicide.

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For the abetment of the suicide by 26-year-old Rohith Vemula, Dattaterya, the vice-chancellor of University of Hyderabad Appa Rao and two members of the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have been booked by the Police.

Rohith was among the five research scholars suspended by the university and also one of the accused in a case of assault on a student leader.The five were suspended, allegedly after Dattaterya wrote a letter to HRD minister Smriti Irani describing the university as a “den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics.”

Not letting the suicide go unnoticed the Organisations and student unions have got together in a protest launching an infinite strike at the university seeking the vice-chancellor’s resignation.  FTII Students’ Association president Harishankar Nachimuthu said.

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We feel that the unfortunate incident…is an institutional murder. The very ideology that led to this devastating tragedy has to be fought across. We stand together with the students’ community fighting for quality of education, beyond caste, class and biases,” said Yashaswi Mishra, a member of another students’ body.

Dalit scholar suicide: Pressure builds on Centre to dismiss Dattatreya

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi congress party Vice-president traveled all the way to Hyderabad to meet the protesting students at the university.

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Digvijay Singh the prominent congress leader who accompanied Mr. Gandhi to Hyderabad, allegedly claimed that the vice-chancellor has been selected by BJP-RSS, while asking the student wings to come together in full force to fight the “communal force”.

Voices from the opposition in the capital demanded HRD Minister Smriti Irani to be removed along with Dattatreya over the suicide.

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Md Salim, politburo member of the CPI(M) corresponded to a leading English daily that Prime Minister  must speak up and announce his plans to prevent such discriminations against Dalit Students at institutes of higher education.

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We have seen how Dalits are discriminated in villages, schools and other places. But the BJP and the RSS are trying to inflict this dangerous discrimination even in higher education institutes and encroach on the fundamental rights of students,” Salim said.

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BJP spokesperson has right away rubbished all the congress’s attempts saying they are just ‘politicising’ it all.

Rahul Gandhi and the Congress think they can simply condemn everything. They are rubbing salt instead of soothing the wounds in the matter and I vehemently condemn that,” Naqvi said.


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