Rohith Vemula Caste Identity : He was not a Dalit Scholar according to Investigation : Rohit Chakravarti Vemula was not a Dalit scholar according to police investigations. Rohit was a PhD scholar in Hyderabad University. He suicides on 17 February in hostel room after some days when he was banned from the hostel and university campus entrance by University of Hyderabab for allegedly attacking BJP student wing ABVP worker. This incident came in highlight ever since Ambedkar Student Association ASA) blamed the University authorities for making torture against Rohit to take extreme step.
The whole incident outrage widespread protest and media attention from across the India and soon the Hyderabad city turned into a political battlefield. Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal visited the Hyderabad city for the same political purposes.
But this whole political drama was based on the caste of Rohit. But many times it came in highlight that he was not a Dalit Scholar, he belongs to the ‘Vaddera’, a backward cast of stonecutters in Andhra Pradesh. This whole incident may called ‘Operation Caste’ by the political parties.
However, now police investigation has confirmed that he was not a Dalit Scholar but he belonged to Vaddera caste of Andhra Pradesh.
Rohith was one of the five Dalit scholars who was expelled by the University of Hyderabad in August 2015 for allegedly attacking a student activist belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
On January 17, Rohith managed to enter the NRS hostel, locked himself and hanged himself reportedly after being depressed over his expulsion from the university.
But what a shameful incident it is, politicians are in intention to find whether he was a Dalit or not just for the sake of politics. But one is looking interested in knowing the real cause of the whole incident. Lastly, its’ a matter of anyone’s death not a matter of life to decide it whether to give benefits of being dalit or not.