Hyderabad, January 19: Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide has raised again the latent issue of discrimination of students from Dalit community in educational institutes all over the country. Vemula was a science enthusiast, with a penchant for politics and felt strongly about and worked for self respect for Dalit students. While he may have given up the fight and decided to call it quits on his life, students across the country are agitating for the cause that he dedicated his short life to.
Just a few weeks before he pulled the trigger on his life, Vemula had written a scathing letter to the Vice Chancellor, sarcastically exalting him and the way the administration tried to trample the Dalit self respect movement that Rohith was also a part of. Fed up of the injustices meted out to him and his fellow Dalit scholars who were expelled from the University, Vemula pulls all the plugs on his political correctness and asks the VC to prepare for mass euthanasia of Dali students. Also Read: Dalit scholar’s suicide: FTII students protest in solidarity
Anybody who needed proof of the fact that Vemula committed suicide not because of personal issues or simply because he was depressed but because of the University’s oppressive stance, should read this letter, before commenting. Here’s the full text of the letter that he wrote:
“18 December 2015
The Vice Chancellor
Subject: Solution for Dalit problem
First, let me praise your dedicated take on the Self-Respect movements of Dalits in HCU campus. When an ABVP president got questioned about his derogatory remarks on Dalits, your kind personal interference into the issue is historic and exemplary. 5 Dalit students are “socially boycotted” from campus spaces. Donald Trump will be a lilliput in front of you. By seeing your commitment, I am tempted to give two suggestions as a token of banality.
1. Please serve 10mg Sodium Azide to all the Dalit students at the time of admission. With direction to use when they feel like reading Ambedkar.
2.Supply a nice rope to the rooms of all Dalit students from your companion, the great Chief Warden.
As we, the scholars, PhD students have already passed that stage and already members of Dalit Self-Respect movement unfortunately, we here are left with no easy exit, it seems.
Hence, I request your highness to make preparations for the facility “EUTHANASIA” for students like me. And I wish you and the campus rest in peace forever.
Vemula R Chakravarti