Physical exclusion and indifference of the faculty towards the plight of marginisalised students is pushing many to suicide, and despite measures being in place, administrations are doing little to address the issues.
The ABVP-OBC Front alliance in the recent Hyderabad Central University student’s council elections reflect changes in subaltern political equations that could potentially decide India’s future.
Girish Chandra Tripathi has been at the centre of a controversy over the alleged mishandling of protests by women students on campus.
A coalition of Left and Ambedkarite groups won all four central panel seats on September 22.
As elite scientific institutions ignore socio-economic realities to bypass reservation in the name of quality, students from marginalised backgrounds continue to suffer.
Ambedkar had argued that Dalits did not wish to be represented by others, much less nominated by them, and vehemently favoured separate electorates since it brought to the forefront of democratic practice the most oppressed.
The documentary on the student’s suicide was denied a ‘certificate of exemption’ by the information and broadcasting ministry.
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.
If cow protection entails the joining of forces between the moral and the state police, the law will simply allow lawlessness in its name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Today JNU failed Rajini Krish, our education system failed him … Instead of giving hope, our education institutions offer a feeling of fear and despair.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
In response to Mbembe’s piece, ‘The age of humanism is ending,’ a conversation on how there may not be a novelty about this dystopic era that he has named as “first”.
What is happening in Hyderabad University is a symptom of the assault on higher education all over the country
We are at a unique historical conjuncture that has brought large numbers of students from Bahujan, Dalit and Adivasi communities to universities. But have we rendered these spaces apposite to their needs, expectations and educational ideals?
The central allegation is that the congress could have recognised any number of researchers in the country for the award but chose to go with Appa Rao anyway.
Here’s our top 10 list of those who were unfairly targeted this year.
2016 will be remembered in history as a year of unprecedented student uprisings across universities – asking uncomfortable questions and challenging the establishment.
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.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
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 Dalit scholar’s act will be imprinted in the minds of those that rule through the creation and perpetration of velivadas, and those of anti-caste resisters everywhere.
The right-wing student group has demanded that students and teachers who staged Draupadi at the Central University of Haryana be arrested.
The constitution that Sardar Patel compelled the RSS to adopt, clearly eschewing all concern with politics, needs to be restored, and there must be a clear avowal if any changes have been made in it and whether these are justified by law.
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.
University authorities have denied having prior knowledge of the magazine’s launch and are scrutinising its content to remove ‘anti-national’ content.