Unasked Questions On Rohith’s Suicide

Emotive, biased media reports do not tell the whole Rohith story. Only the Judicial Enquiry that has been set up will do so.

Despite the reams of print ink and TV diarrhea on the death of 26-year-old student, Rohith Vemula, on January 17/18, 2016, on Hyderabad University campus, there remain unanswered questions because the unbelievable media coverage on the issue had, from the beginning, gotten mired in politics and emotions. The result has been the following waiting for clear-cut answers.

Was Rohith really a Dalit?

 Translation of excerpts from a Telugu news report in “Andhra Jyoti”, 22, 2016 says “Grandparents reveal that they are Vaddera kulam (OBC). Parents said they are OBC. Rohith converted to Christianity and was renamed Chakravarti — E-police enquiries..”(andhrajyothy.com/Artical?SID=19).

However, Radhika (Rohith’s mother) says that “While her husband is an OBC, she herself was from the SC Mala community.” Besides, she asserts that “A certificate issued by the Revenue Department of Government of Andhra Pradesh, on June 16, 2015, clearly states that Rohith belongs to the Mala community…” (The Sunday Express, January 24, 2016).

It’s likely therefore that a court battle will emerge, what with the issuance of Caste certificates being a very tricky legal issue.

bookMeanwhile, this question of Rohith’s identity itself is of cardinal importance because if the first media report that a Dalit student had committed suicide was the reason why the media began exploding on the subject across the country, permitting a number of prominent politicians to add more noise and vitriol in the subject. If the student had not been identified initially as a Dalit, the media would certainly have not been so vocal. And the public, too, would have been able to read more news and analysis of economic issues that, really, should be the biggest national.

Was student Rohith’s death the first of its kind in the Hyderabad University?

 Not at all. A post by one S.Swaroop Sirapangi in “Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), University of Hyderabad, on Student Politics in University of Hyderabad”, stated as follows:

Raju Puyala, who was perusing his I.M.A., Linguistics VIII Semester, committed suicide on March 19, 2013 evening at Men’s Hostel – H, University of Hyderabad. For the academic year 2012-2013, Raja was serving as Vice President of Dalit Students’ Union” which is one of the oldest student organisation on the University Campus.

“As a response to the disturbed student community’s agitation at the University Health Center, Vice Chancellor promised to constitute a Committee comprising SC/ST/OBC faculty members and students and take necessary stern steps.

“Various student organisations reacted severely over the repeated number of suicide incidents on the Campus and officials like Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean Students’ Welfare, Chief Warden, etc were intensely questioned. The agitation continued throughout night and only on March 20, 2013 morning it got concluded with the transfer of Raju’s dead body to his family members..”(https://ssanthiswaroop.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/puyala-rajus-suicide-at-university-of-hyderabad/).

In another post, a few months later, Swaroop Sirapangi wrote as follows:

“On November 24, 2013 a new death of a Dalit Doctoral Research Scholar was found at the University of Hyderabad.” He was referring to what PTI reported about “A PhD student of Hyderabad University allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in his hostel room, with his family alleging that he was harassed by a professor of the varsity. M Venkatesh (26) was found dead by some students at around 7 AM today, police said.” (http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Hyderabad-University-PhD-student-commits-)

Sirapangi went on to write “As per my personal observation, for every semester one death is getting recorded at the University of Hyderabad and huge criticism is taking place every time from different quarters.”

In contrast to the extensive and pan-India media coverage to the death of Rohith Vemula, the above two student deaths got relatively scarce attention across India. In fact, Google “guru” doesn’t show up any media coverage for Raju Puyala’s death. The suicide of M.Venkatesh did get a minutely wider look-in. While PTI did what was expected of a professional news reporting agency, “The Times of India”, after talking to students, was critical that “Authorities at University of Hyderabad are yet to implement key recommendations by two separate committees looking into suicides of students from socially backward sections on campus.” It also pointed out that in 2008, a committee probing the suicide of Senthil Kumar, a Dalit student from the School of Physics, had recommended the varsity to set up a “transparent process” in the allotment of guides.

“Meanwhile,” said the Times, “Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, the vice-chancellor of the university, in a written note admitted to the systemic failure of the varsity in addressing issue of suicides on campus.”

“The VC has also promised that each of the departments will have to give a list of students who have not been assigned guides three months after joining PhD. He also assured that if the committee finds any one responsible for the death of Venkatesh, appropriate action will be taken against them.” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/University-of-Hyderabad) (25 Nov, 2013)

Despite this comprehensive criticism of the failure of the various committees to redress and prevent future such suicides, the Minister of Human Resources Department was not hauled up by the media at large. Why? Because the Union Minister was M.M.Pallam Raju, a Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh who held the office of Union Minister of HRD from 28 October 2012 to 26 May 2014. The media, you see, hardly ever mauls the Congress unless the mistake it commits is itself a form of suicide. In contrst, the NDA government of Modi and its Ministers are easy targets to shoot at. Why? Because the media has nothing to lose — and a lot to gain! — from sparing the Congress.

And so another question.

Why was Ms Smriti Irani attacked by the media for Rohith’s death?

For, believe it or not, writing four letters to the Hyderabad University for “putting pressures on it to take action against the attack on a BJP supporting student belonging to the party’s student wing called Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (AVBP)” and for making a public plea that politics of Dalit vs. anti-Dalit should be avoided.

No one really cared to notice that what Ms Irani was seeking in those four letters was only that the University convey “facts and comments” on Rohith’s death. And that three of those four letters were just reminders so that the Union Minister who had asked her to examine the student situation in the Hyderabad University could be replied to in the short time laid down in the Central Secretariat Manual of Official Procedure of the Government of India.

But truth is that the media has never liked Ms Irani, the tough talking one who delivers h immaculate facts with authority.

Why have the media criticized the Union Minister for Labour, Bandaru Dattatreya, in the Rohith episode?

Simple: inability to comprehend that as the one elected to the Lok Sabha from Hyderabad constituency, Dattatreya had the right and the duty to secure a fact-finding reaction from the HRD Minister on the disturbing happenings in his constituency’s University. And all he had done was to forward, on 17 August 2015, to the HRD Minister, the complaint he had received from the ABVP about the attack on its member, Susheel Kumar, by cadres of Amedkar Students Association, (ASA), and the prevalent atmosphere in the University about “casteism” and violence associated with it. Strangely, the full text of the letter he wrote to Ms Irani has never been disclosed.

Did the suspension of the five students on the University campus a result of the two Ministers’ letters?

Not at all. Susheel Kumar’s mother filed a petition in the Hyderabad High Court on 3 September , 2015, seeking to direct the Hyderabad University to submit an action taken report. The University did not do that and instead sought more time to respond. Why? Meanwhile, the University decided to go by the Proctoral Board’s recommendation and suspended the five students concerned.

dattatreyaHowever, the students out there are so resourceful in thinking and so restive that one of them, a female, came before an English TV channel and, with a paper in hand, read out what she said was a counter affidavit from the local Commissioner of Police informing the Court that Susheel’s mother’s petition to the High Court was baseless and that the High Court should not have acted on it. It was shocking to see the TV anchor concerned not look at the piece of paper in the female student’s hand. And it spoke about the truth of that document when no newspaper even referred to it despite that TV “show”.

It is ludicrous then for the students joint action body to file under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) against Dattatreya terming him as one of the accused for the death of Rohith Vemula five moths after he wrote that letter to Ms Irani. But it’s an indication of the restlessness and desperation of the ASA. It’s also an indication about a malicious legal advice behind the student body’s actions.

And now to the truth behind the mystery no one has even tried to resolve.

Why did Rohith Vemula commit the alleged suicide and why did he do it where he did?

This question has sub-queries:

(i) Was it not unusual that the media, forever looking to arouse human emotion, did not put out a photograph of Rohith hanging?

(ii)Two sentences in what has been passed off as his “Suicide Note” say “I feel a growing gap between my soul and my body. And I have become a monster.” What brought about that monstrosity? Was it the realization that he had, by deeply associating himself with the ASA activities of political leaning, sacrificed a very promising career? Remember, he had a Ph.D. in sight with a very handsome stipend of Rs 28,000/- a month and sbsidised food and shelter in the University Hostel sure to take him there.

(iii) Even as his suspension entailed being barred from the University hostel, how did he secure access to Room 207 there to do what he is said to have done — hanging by a ceiling fan? Who assisted him in preventing the security guard from denying him entry there?

(iv) Why did he choose Room 207 of one Uma Maheshwari to do what he is supposed to have done? Was this “Uma” a female as the name suggests and to whom Rohith apologized in his “suicide note”? Did she/he let him in the room? If so, why? What was the connection between the two? Where was she/he while Rohith was doing what he is supposed to have done? Was she/he questioned by the police? Was there a question of unrequited love? For that matter, was there even a murder there in the entire episode? Why was no autopsy of his body done?

(v) How is it that, responding to an SOS phone call from Rohith’s mother, it is his four other suspended students themselves who found him “hanging”in Room 207, when they, debarred from the hostel rooms, should have raised an alarm and sought the Hostel Warden’s assistance in searching for the missing Rohith?

Yes, emotive, biased media reports do not tell the whole Rohith story. Only the Judicial Enquiry that has been set up will do so-but only if it chooses to associate the police with it and is committed to tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Arvind Lavakere has been a freelance writer since 1957. He has written and spoken on sports on radio and TV. He currently writes on political issues regularly. His writings include a book on Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
  • Romi

    Excellent article, Arvind Lavakare sir. Thank you so much.

  • sa

    He converted to christianity… there ends the matter.. after conversion how come he is still a dalit?

  • Vajrapani

    MSM = Main Stream Media? I dont think so. We should call it JM = Junk Media. “Junk” as in “junk food”.

  • Cybil Peril

    I have all the time said, “His Christian angle must be fully probed, as Church is behind most of the problems of law n order. But Church never involves directly to save its skin of peace loving cleric crusaders….
    Church uses Islamist volatile goons top incite violence even if they hv to sacrifice few Christians like they did with T J Joseph in Kerala. Shame on these minority criminal gangsters. Very tolerant fellows…indeed…

  • Jishnu

    The fallout of this “suicide” is a clear case of Hindu movements’ failure. First of all the deceased took the Ambedkarite student unions for a task and has not gone after Hindu orgs. Yet, the narrative built all over is one of his victimhood in society and not about how the hate mongering student unions in universities are deceiving, undermining, subverting the cause of groups they claim to represent. The narrative is not even about how to liberate “dalits” from “dalit unions” and ensure their causes are served. The questions do not even include whether the Ambedkarite philosophy has harmed or help the “dalits”. Reason? The Hindu orgs are too invested in trying to appropriate Ambedkar instead of undermining him and liberate dalits from Ambedkarite hate mongering.

  • Satish N

    Atlast, read a rationale article amidst the filth pouring out by old Media. From whatever I gathered from Telugu channels quoting Rohit’s father, UH and the Police –
    > Rohit got the seat on Merit list (Gen) but declared himself as SC while his brother’s Caste cert shows him as BC (vaddera)
    > Police visited parents’ native places to ascertain he is not Dalit but a Vaddera (BC-A) as his father since beginning stating.
    > In 1 year Rohit claimed two fellowships which he should not have, UH was sleeping but woken up in June 2015, reviewing his eligibility. Some say, his fake SC certificate came up then as he is Christian and not a SC/Dalit 🙁

    > On Why and whose permission Rohit is in Hostel ? suspension is just on paper, these folks freely move in hostels, eat free food and are backed by UH teaching association of ultra Left-IM thinkers lead by Zuhail. The Ultra-Left-IM leaning Students+Professors striving hard to get VC of their choice. This latest drama could be part of it.

    > Rohit himself disillusioned with such campus politicos, he wrote in ‘suicide’ note “ASA, SFI associations work for themselves, their agenda and not for individuals…. he became a mere VOTE” Seems, he realised his blunder but then aakas may have used him as scapegoat to further their Dalit Vs Non Dalit agenda.

  • Jitendra Desai

    Anti India, Anti Hindu forces appear hellbent to create problems like this.MSM has become handmaiden of these forces.As of now we don’t know whether this unfortunate young man was a real Dalit.We even do not know if he really committed suicide? Dadri or Rohith or entry for women in a temple ( 26.1.16), sinister forces are creating problems where none exist.This time for our internal security agencies to expose these forces.Let MSM raise hell – Govt should not worry about such consequences.

    • Saffronwarrior

      For all you know he just faked his “death” just like his name, religion his whole “life” & “death” are all fake. He’s just a crisis “actor” on church/scamgress payroll.
      All the so called “rapes” “deaths” “assaults” all fake fake fake as $3 bill. Jobless village idiots are dime a dozen in India the whole shitshow is a low brow production. Foreign funded NGOs, politicians, mad dog media are all hand in glove in terrorizing subjugating the sheep.
      Church is the biggest land owner in a Hindu country, fugly uneducated Italian granny bitch is leading a Hindu country, lame stream media are the biggest money launderers of Bharat think how deep the nexus is.
      Stop watching stop believing everything they say. If they say it’s day then assume it’s night. Remember if everyone is saying the same thing then it’s a lie.

      • Jitendra Desai

        Thanks for your response.Agree with what you have stated.But yoy look quite worked up! Way to go is to convince people around us about the sinister motive of anti India forces.

        • Saffronwarrior

          Hey no worries bro, it angers me these sodding cunts have stolen everything from us destroyed everything now are professional victims playing oppression Olympics.
          Every chrislamic cunt in Bharat came from Hindu ancestors who were brutally raped and/or murdered now keep terrorising Hindus 365 24/7.
          But one silver lining is they’re bringing us Hindus together, they’ve galvanised the gentle sleeping giant. If Hindus stick together we can slay this beast before they destroy Vedic Dharma.

          • Jitendra Desai

            Agree.All 100 crore Hindus must take a vow to remain united come what may.

          • Cybil Peril

            Wish u were true….

  • P. B. Josh

    This is ‘Intolerance’ issue all over again. It is obvious the so called ‘intolerance’ had been always there and/or the ‘intolerance’ is shown by all sides, but the drama with exaggerated gesture like ‘Award Wapsi’ only under BJP rules, similarly, there had been suicides by Dalits (real) in the same university and no hoopla, but under BJP rules everybody jumps up and down like chickens with their head cut off. The Judicial Inquiry should go one step further and research what kind of punishment other prestigious universities of the world would have meted out for the kind of crime committed by these ASA members.

  • Saffronwarrior

    BTW Vedanta resources is totally owned & operated by church of england, financed by bank of england anal argarwal is just a front a “Hindu” face with a fake Hindu name just like hindujas.

  • Saffronwarrior

    This whole f*ckin “suicide” doesn’t even pass the smell test pass the barf bag please. This is a classic foreign Trojan horse NGOs sponsored fake crisis just more $hitstirring by lame stream media whores. False flag psyops black ops anti Hindu propaganda by bought & paid for “students” by christian mercenaries.
    Every Hindu must educate themselves & fellow Hindus kids & elderly about christian inquisitions brutal murders of over 200 million Hindus.
    20000 Hindus were cannibalized & eaten by Japanese during WWII.
    Over 100 million Hindus were violently brutally murdered by christian church mafia in goa inquisition the largest holocaust in the world.
    Did you know that over 4 million Hindus were killed in both WWI & WWII by brit$hits?
    War criminal Churchill a rothschild ba$turd boy killed 10 million Hindus by in Bengal & andhra.
    Invading barbaric islamic thugs looted all our Hindu temples raped 100 million Hindu women killed our men.
    After 800 years of slavery by chrislamic cunt$ our Hindu temples are still under sickular gubmint control.
    Hindus fight back these chrislamic parasites before they kill us.

    • Zohrab

      Quote frm: http://scroll.in/article/802484/day-after-vemula-rally-in-mumbai-was-attacked-rss-says-it-was-provoked

      On Sunday evening, a group of around 500 people marching in the Mumbai neighbourhood of Dharavi to protest the suicide of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad a week ago were attacked by RSS workers with lathis as the procession passed the organisation’s office.

      “In the Sangh, we don’t talk about caste at all, you know,” said Chittaranjan Muthaiah, who has been with the Dharavi shakha in question for 32 years. “But they came and stood outside our office
      and were shouting against the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party], Modi and the RSS. So we also had to reply.”

      According to those present at the rally, the Sangh’s workers shouted slogans against Dalit icon BR Ambedkar as the procession passed their office. The RSS men are said to have targeted women, in
      particular. Ten participants in the rally, more than half of whom were women, sustained minor injuries. The RSS says that four of its workers were also injured in the scuffle.

      The moment the RSS workers attacked the crowd, the police moved in to stop the violence. After hours of protest outside the Dharavi police station by participants in the rally, the police finally charged RSS workers under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. It was not immediately clear how many people had been booked for the incident.

      Well.! That speaks for itself. As I mentioned in another thread ‘ clean your highly contaminated backyard’ before whining.

      • Saffronwarrior

        Wow Einstein, fake fucker was a convert christian sponsored by church/naxal/scamgress mafia.
        So where the heck is the proof that RSS alleged ”attack” on ”women” huh? Who’s the so called ”source”?
        Did you drop out of your first grade or you’re just born retarded? Rent a brain & stop peddling fiction. Your disgusting dead guy death cult is despised worldwide so its you who needs to clean yer backside oops backyard before spewing shit about others STFU.

      • Saffronwarrior

        After murdering 300 million Hindus, raping looting,destroying,plundering our wealth you fuckin turd have no right to talk bout us or even stay in Bharat. Fuck off to yer islamic shithole & get beheaded fuckin pigheaded cunt.

        • Zohrab

          Too stinky really! You Aryans should consider returning to Central Asia first and whine! Let the original native Indians live peacefully. Clean your heart first and fix your keyboard. May be foul-smell will go away. Taking too much strain to copy/paste to create phobias won’t be fruitful, Sudharo bhai!

          • Nabha Garjana

            LOL. Aryans! stupid confused converts in lineage preaching British propaganda, long debunked by its creator max Muller and the modern western world including germany, but Shi* head keep repeating the same as they cant think of their own but just keep repeating what the WHITE man had said them to repeat. and he is right you should migrate to the lands where you have allegiance mecca and Medina and be part of the Ummah, after all the you all read your prayers in a foreign Language but for your its more important than the local ones, so better go there and sever your masters.

          • Zohrab

            You people conveniently swallowing the West’s version of history and the fabricated news when it suits to your stance; otherwise everything is just bullshit! eg., the article and the related comments on ACRPR! More whine pls! When Muslims scream about West’s bias (even after photos published Israeli PM Netanyahu meets with ISIS’s Baghdadi) it’s acceptable! Hypocrites on the rampage! The way Hindutva goons respond to everything they dislike is the absolute evidence of that! Big-mouthing could only be successful temporarily; not forever.

          • Samrat Bharat

            2015: Delhi and Bihar gone.
            2016: J&K on its way out. Not a chance in TN, PY, KL. No way they will form govt in WB & AS.
            These goons are accomplishing what the entire Congress party and rest of opposition could not – getting us to a BJP Mukt Bharat. So relax buddy, India will never become the Hindu version of Pakistan these regressive right wingers wish us to become.

            By the way, where is this photo of Netanyahu meeting Baghdadi? Sounds a bit conspiracy theory-ish to me.

          • Zohrab

            Thanks for the good news! Still I don’t think it’s that much of an easy task. They are expert manipulators and capable of making everything upside down at 12th hour to their favor. Did the Faridabad murder not occur just before the Bihar assembly polls, the result could have been otherwise!

            Fortunately the photo is still available online; just click the link https://www.google.com/search?q=the+photo+netanyahu+with+ISIS+baghdadi&biw=931&bih=461&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwin4ZCmv9jKAhVD6RQKHWMsB-IQsAQIHg

            ISIS revealed as ISRAELI SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE Video for short form of Israeli Secret Intelligence Service▶ 1:22
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMUlTSmNu0c & giving a click to http://kafila.org/2016/02/02/a-test-of-dignity-and-democracy/#comments
            would also be informative.

            Thank you once again as I can understand your reasonable stance where rather an otherwise environment prevalent.

          • Samrat Bharat

            Of course. The North has got brainwashed quite a bit. But more worrying is that there are no credible alternatives to execute on the development story that India bought into in 2014.

            This photo at least is about Senator John McCain (also ex-presidential candidate) from USA meeting Syrian rebels (some of who definitely work with ISIS): http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/27/mccain-visits-rebels-in-syria/ that his office also tried to explain: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/30/mccain-responds-to-syria-photo-controversy/ Can you point to the exact photo?

            Lots of hoaxes and conspiracy theories floating around ISIS: http://snowdenhoax.blogspot.in/

          • Zohrab

            Sorry! I did not check it out this time as I had seen it before, a year or so, in the same page. It was there. A more clearer picture I had in my whatsapp unfortunately is now missing. Let me give it a try to recover somehow. BTW, the ISIS was part of the Syrian rebels before the appearance of Baghdadi.
            Modi’s Gujarat model development was a fake one, it is now being reported with statistics of false-flag publicity made through event management.

          • Samrat Bharat

            True, ISIS and Syrian rebels overlap quite a bit. So the US funding and support for the rebels has created part of this monster, apart from of course the totally unnecessary Gulf War 2 that dislodged Saddam and left a power vacuum. But all said, unfortunately they are finding inspiration from religion now.

          • Nabha Garjana

            can you talk some substance. on the subjected that you made a comment on i.e Aryans Invasion Theory, or you just use it when you whim likes it. AIT has been disproved and its a FACT not some mumbo Jumbo, a fact do sent have any relation to WHO states it. and the fact remains the subcontinent Mohmmamedians are more worried about Israel beating the S**t out of 99% of the arab occupied by desert tribes by brute savagery that the land which feeds them and the people who let them live in the nation post 1947

          • JustSaying

            Aryans ? You still wallowing in that sh*t called Aryan Invasion theory ?

          • Romi

            This stupid Muslim crackpot cannot even update his lies. He is doing it for Islamic Taqiya: Telling lies to confuse victims of islam. Typical shithead fond of ranting but not reading!

  • guest


    ”I loved Science, Stars, Nature, but then I loved people without knowing that people have long since divorced from nature. Our feelings are second handed. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs colored. Our originality valid through artificial art.

    What if we were taught about our parampara and our connection with nature in schools…like our ancestors have known for ages…