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.
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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
Students and alumni have alleged that this is the latest attempt of the director general K.G. Suresh, who is associated with the Sangh, to promote the Hindutva agenda in the institute.
In a freewheeling conversation with Siddharth Varadarajan, the celebrated historian discusses the place of nationalism in contemporary Indian politics, the role of the media and of the public intellectual
The taboo surrounding mental health problems and the unwillingness of most colleges to take up the cost of professional counselling make India’s youth highly vulnerable.
After the brutal assault on the professor, he was promptly arrested by the local police and an FIR filed against him.
Students may graduate with worthless degrees because the administration misrepresented its accreditation status. But the university is far from sympathetic about its students’ plight.
If cow protection entails the joining of forces between the moral and the state police, the law will simply allow lawlessness in its name.
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
US State Department Report Highlights India’s Human Rights Violations, Actions Against Civil Society Groups
The report covers a wide array of issues including corruption, living conditions of death row prisoners and the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
The student leader played a key role in establishing the way JNU students actively organise movements across the country addressing issues of Dalits, women, labourers and students.
Singh, currently VC of the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, was chosen from among 135 applicants who were screened by Nalanda’s governing board.
The oblique nature of structural violence leaves invisible marks on a Dalit student’s body and psyche that no autopsy can reveal.