Politics over death: The latest Controversy of Rohith Vemula

Posted on 2018-06-22 13:06:07 by Isha Hiremath


Radhika Vemula, the mother of late research scholar, Rohith Vemula has made some serious allegations against the Indian Union Muslim League.

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Rohith vemula, the late research scholar who committed suicide in 2016 has again been pulled into a controversy aided by opportunistic political parties. But at this crucial year, it is not surprising that anyone would expect any different from our political parties.

Right from his death, many political parties have been trying to politicize the suicide and gain political mileage by playing dalit politics. Opposition Parties claimed that he had been targeted by the university through political pressure of the center which ultimately led to his unfortunate suicide.

Last week, his mother Radhika Vemula made a sensational statement that the Indian union muslim league (IUML) had promised the family a sum of Rs. 20 lakhs for a house. The party also requested her to go to Kerala and share her struggles among crowds of 30,000 to 40,000 where she spoke against the current government. She also claimed that the party had not given her the promised sum and that one of the cheques of Rs. 2.5 lakhs had bounced. According to reports she said that her presence helped IUML.

Picking up on these revelations by his mother the ruling party, BJP held a press conference on this issue accusing the congress party of getting involved in opportunistic politics and demanded an apology from the president of the congress party for using this unfortunate incident for petty political games.

Radhika Vemula has since retracted her statement after making the initial allegations stating that IUML had not forced her to speak at any event and that she would again speak against the BJP without demanding any cash. She also stated that one of the cheques had bounced due to clerical error.

She still holds BJP responsible for the suicide of her son Rohith because he was marginalized as he was a dalit. The congress party has now accused the BJP of spreading fake news and demanded an apology from the party for tarnishing the image of Rohith.

Rohith’s dalit credentials had also been questioned as reports suggested that Rohith was not a dalit after all. The justice Roopanwal commission report states that Rohith Vemula was an OBC from the Veddera cast. It also cited the cause of suicide to personal reasons. The Andhra Pradesh government also stated that Rohith was not a dalit. Forgetting the caste tag, the suicide was quite unfortunate and so are the allegations made by his mother. One can only wonder why she immediately took back her statements.

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