This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
Telangana police detained journalist Sudipto Mondal, Radhika Vemula and several students who were a part of a memorial protest at the University of Hyderabad.
In Rohith Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar’s Writings, an Extraordinary Power to Connect With Ordinary People
From Bihar to Tihar and Caste is Not a Rumour both demonstrate the privileges and pitfalls of belonging to certain castes, classes, institutions, locations and politics.
My Birth is My Fatal Accident: Rohith Vemula’s Searing Letter is an Indictment of Social Prejudices
On the first anniversary of his suicide, The Wire republishes Rohith Vemula’s letter, which remains a strong reminder that despite merit, a Dalit still has to face prejudice and worse.
“I always was rushing,” Rohith Vemula wrote, “Desperate to start a life.” But the beginning could never take place, it was fatally elusive.
What is happening in Hyderabad University is a symptom of the assault on higher education all over the country
The report suggests that Rohith Vemula’s mother faked a Dalit certificate and argues that Vemula’s suicide was a result of his own frustrations.
The Telangana’s district collector’s report had earlier found Vemula to be from the Mala Dalit community. The Supreme Court has also ruled that a child is free to take his/her mother’s caste.
The HRD minister was “blatantly lying” in her parliamentary speeches, they allege.
At a rally demanding justice for Rohith Vemula, students, teachers and supporters express their opinions on discrimination, and the perceived attack on universities.
The signatories also want an assurance that it will desist from its attempts to install Hindutva-friendly nominees as heads of educational institutions
Scholars abroad make an urgent appeal that justice be done in the most recent case of caste discrimination in Indian higher education.
On 17 January 2016, 27-year-old PhD. scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide at the University of Hyderabad campus. He was one of the five Dalit students who had been suspended from the hostel facility by the executive council (EC) of the university. The events culminating in this tragic incident […]
Saying that Radhika Vemula and her children are just ‘claiming’ to be Dalits only defeats the spirit of social justice as enshrined in the Indian constitution.
The Gender Beat: Radhika Vemula To Convert To Buddhism; Indonesian Disability Rights Activist Demands Public Apology From Airline
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
The celebration of the union of the soul of a deceased pīr with the beloved Pathanay Khan, a wandering singer from the Thal desert of Pakistan, sings this ‘kafi’ by Shah Hussein in raag Des with such affection and feeling that even I can understand Punjabi with the music and […]
In the long run, restorative justice is a much better option than retributive justice in addressing the deep structural inequalities in our society.
Dreams should not demand death as a price. A country that you call your home should not be the nightmare you live within. While Rohith Vemula chose, this is not a choice that he or Rajini Krish or others should ever consider or be forced to make.
On Monday, Muthukrishanan, a 25-year-old Dalit student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, was found hanging at the house of a friend. Reproduced here is an article he wrote last year on the Rohith Vemula movement.
A reporter’s account of what transpired in Hyderabad Central University when Dalit students tried to commemorate Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary.
On Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary, a look at what 2016 was like for Dalit women activists who have been struggling against caste discrimination for years.
What the Rohith Vemula and Najeeb Ahmed cases tell us about how India’s relationship with its ‘others’ – the minorities – is pathologised by the enforcement of exaggerated discourse of difference amidst unrecognisably similar lives and cultural practices.
Far from having learnt any lesson from the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the University of Hyderabad is institutionalising the use of excommunication as an administrative strategy
The rows over JNU and Rohith Vemula have been missed opportunities for the Muslims of India to express their solidarity with other marginalised communities.
It is not true, as Smriti Irani claimed, that the students did not call a doctor when Rohith Vemula’s body was found
Rohith Vemula, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi were all targeted for aspiring to a progressive society – an idea that is anathema for Hindutva forces.
A student from Delhi University on why it is important to protest Rohith Vemula’s death
As student protests gather steam across the country, there is outrage over the manner in which Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s body was disposed of
The oblique nature of structural violence leaves invisible marks on a Dalit student’s body and psyche that no autopsy can reveal.
One of the primary forms by which Dalit students are discriminated against is their lack of fluency in English, say activists and scholars.
Amid the blame-games that will likely begin in the wake of Rajini’s death, his writing should remind us of what we are most at danger of forgetting.
“Today JNU failed Rajini Krish, our education system failed him … Instead of giving hope, our education institutions offer a feeling of fear and despair.”
At the event, which was attended by women and men from all over the country, participants passed a resolution condemning discrimination against women.
Much is at stake for every political party: the survival of the BSP and of Mayawati as a Dalit leader, the credibility and standing of two young leaders Rahul and Akhilesh and the future of the BJP as a dominant Hindu nationalist party.
A strange nervousness engulfs the Big Media whenever they have to report something negative about the Sangh: they seem unwilling to tell viewers what happened without blunting the sharp, piercing edges.
Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Rupali Jhadav and Deepak Dengle spoke to The Wire about the condition of Indian prisons, their experiences of imprisonment, and how this has impacted their political and artistic work.
In response to the rape threats issued on a public forum against Gurmehar Kaur, the government and its ministers ought to have clearly come out in support of the young student. They did exactly the opposite.
Given the smaller Muslim population in the later phases of the UP elections, the BJP is focusing its energies on communal tactics.
Even as the election fever in Uttar Pradesh continues to mount, the Sultanpur MP has gone missing from the BJP’s list of star campaigners.