We strongly reject the cheap pity, tears and reducing sympathy. The self-assertion of Dalits has been proving to be a great danger to the Savarnas, of all hues
Krish came into this campus with many dreams. He told many of us that we want to speak and write like ‘these scholars’. His dreams now have been shattered by this Brahminical institution and society
Every worker is entitled to a living wage. Women do 2/3 of the world’s work – in the home, on the land and in the community – but most of this work is unwaged
But I am not playing the victim here, because I realise we are up against a political agenda. Your role in that agenda is not a small one – to build narratives that suit those in power. And all of that is something we have decided to fight back.
You used to silence opposition bowlers with the power of your bat. Do not let cynics exploit the power of your words to silence a young woman’s idealism.
A very recent incident of such was today’s conflict at Ramjas College of Delhi University which showcased hooliganism in it’s peek.
She has been pushed to the margins. People are talking about her now when she entered the fray. Somebody claimed that the BSP will get 24 out of 50 seats. As a matter of fact, the media does not understand the BSP. Due to this, it only focuses on the political strategies of other parties. If you don’t visit the villages, how can you present the true picture? Opinions formed at tea stalls are different from those formed in cities. A complete picture emerges only when opinions are collected at all levels.”
One expects all oppositional forces in the country would support or at least express solidarity with him. Particularly in a humane and progressive campus like UoH. Last night, a mob of SFI activists beat him and his friends and even his guest on the campus itself.
The brazen forms of casteism and misogyny inflicted on Radhika Vemula till date, Rohith’s caste identity being “decided” in this brahmanical patriarchal society as coming from his biological father and not the struggling mother who raised him, the way in which she has been constantly absused and harassed by the government officials in the name of an “enquiry”, reflect how caste and gender interplay thereby, reproducing the hierarchies of “purity” and “pollution” on a woman’s body.
We should rise up in rage and rebellion and pelt stones, if need be, not just against the private institutions and managements, but also against the state policies that make education the privilege of the rich.