New Delhi(PTI): Going on the offensive on the Dalit student's suicide case in Hyderabad, Congress…
New Delhi(PTI): Noted Indian journalist P Sainath has slammed the Modi government and HRD Minister Smriti Irani over the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
Speaking at a protest against the administration of the Hyderabad University, Sainath put the matter in context. He slams the narrative that Rohith’s suicide was a case of depression.
“An attempt is being made to separate the suicide note from the suicide context. An attempt is separate the suicide note from the life he led. Trying to separate the suicide from Rohit’s friends. Saying it has nothing to do with discrimination,” said Sainath angrily.
“One question is, why are some classes and castes in society more depressed than everyone else? But, there is a more cruel and venomous insinuation in this: This is not emotional depression, they are treating it as a mental health issue… this is inborn,” he said.
While taking potshots at Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications, Sainath said that only 3% of rural families in India had a graduate member, and the number was even less for Dalits. He slammed Irani for sending 5 letters to HCU asking for action against the deceased Vemula, while never once writing a letter asking for Rohit’s fellowship to be released. He said that Rohith’s parents were dependent on the money but Irani was just bothered about the student’s political activists.
Sainath also slammed laws that demanded certain educational qualifications in order to contest
“Your country is ruled by an alliance of socioeconomic fundamentalists and economic market fundamentalists,” said Sainath.
Sainath said in 75% of rural households, the breadwinner earns less than 5,000 rupees a month, and 90% when the bar is raised to Rs 10,000. Sainath stated that the situation is worse for Dalits and Adivasis. “We are talking about at a discrimination that is structural, social, economic and now being legalised.
“A long time ago, French writer Victor Hugo wrote that there is nothing on earth that can stand in the way of an idea that has come. In India in 2016, I think that time has come. And the idea, is justice: social, economic, cultural, gender and for Rohith and a billion other Rohiths. As Babasaheb Ambedkar told you, educate, organise, agitate,” finished Sainath to a rousing reception.