Rohit Vemula is not a Dalit – The Judicial Commission

24 August 2016

The judicial commission, set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to inquire the actual reasons led to the suicide of Rohit Vemula at the Hyderabad Central University premises back in the month of January, has finally confirmed that he did not belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) community as claimed earlier by late Rohit himself and also by his family members.

Former Allahabad High Court judge, Mr. A K Roopanwal, who was appointed as the single person judicial commissioner has submitted his report to the University Grants Commission (UGC) in August. As an output after a meticulous investigation, the commission has concluded that Vemula was not a Dalit and he belongs to a cast called, Vaddera which actually falls into Non SC but into the category of OBC. With this, it has become evident one more time that his suicide was projected as an issue of cast discrimination. This propaganda has been naturally carried out by the anti-Hindu and ant-national forces across the country.

Now this report has a highly significant impact on Rohit’s case as the case was coined as an SC/ST atrocity case and gripped against the Union Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya and the Hyderabad University Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao in the FIR created by the police.

Naturally, Rohith Vemula’s brother Raja, changed his tone while commenting on this judicial report. He logically rejected the judicial commission. Earlier, he strongly claimed that he is a Dalit and now with a slightly changed voice, in his words, “We lived like Dalits. We were raised in a Dalit community. Yes, my father was from a backward class, but whatever we know is from our experience of living like a Dalit. We have been discriminated against all our lives. Rohith referred to this in his letter too.”

Vemula’s suicide note referred to his birth as a fatal accident. “My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past,” the note recovered by police stated.

Incidentally, Justice Roopanwal’s observation is at odds with the report submitted by Guntur District Collector Kantilal Dande to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC).

This whole episode started earlier back in n November 2015 when five Dalit students from the University hostel allegedly assaulted an ABVP student leader. And the university’s executive council had punished by barring them from their public access in the campus. However, there were allowed to attend the lectures and pursue their research. This issue had further fueled by various pseudo secular political forces and in the meantime Vemula’s suicide was acted as a catalyst to make this as a bigger storm.

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