The CEC of DYFI protests in the strongest possible words the victimization of Dalit research scholar Rohit Vemula in University of Hyderabad (UoH) that led to his suicide.
Rohit Vemula was one of the five Dalit research scholars who had been suspended from the University on fabricated charges following instigation by ABVP, BJP MLC Ramachandra Rao, BJP MP and Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatraya and HRD Minister Smriti Irani. He along with other students had been agitating to demand revocation of the unjust punishment.
The issues of discrimination on Dalit and backward students are there in many of the educational institutions in India from Primary to Higher Education Institutions. The large number of suicides by Dalit students in Indian educational system, especially in premier science and professional colleges and universities, are a mere pointer towards the widespread prevalence of various forms of caste-discrimination and humiliations that our students have to undergo on a regular basis while pursuing their higher education. The rampant commercialization of education coupled with the systematic cut down of scholarships to socially and economically backward students results in the alienation of Dalit and backward students.
So far, legislation is found helpful only in giving confidence and a certain amount of protection to those who are victims of caste discrimination. A legal ban within the limitations of capitalism will not, in and of itself, be enough to end the oppression once and for all. Divisions and the various complex relations in society, including forms of discrimination, are linked to the production method that dominates. Throughout history we have witnessed how change in the productive forces has changed social relations. Hence fighting to change the current capitalist system is key to getting rid of the various forms of discrimination that are maintained within it.
The CEC of DYFI demands that all those responsible for the victimization that led to the suicide of the Dalit scholar – including the ABVP leader who made a fabricated complaint, the University authorities, the Union Labour Minister and the Union HRD Minister be punished.
The CEC of DYFI also demands the Central Government to appoint a committee to probe into students’ suicide in Indian campuses. It also demands the government to appoint a judicial commission to enquire about the prevalence of various forms of caste-discrimination in higher education and to come out with stringent measures to prevent such happenings and for punishing the guilty faculty members, students and administration.
MB Rajesh Avoy Mukherjee
President General secretary