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.
Before demise, Rohith Vemula, who was led to suicide due Political Victimization of BJP and RSS, reiterated “Dalit Organizations and Independent Dalit Activists must make a resolution to resist these RSS programs (pogroms) with tooth and nail fights. It is a waste of time to watch at the left side for support. Dalits should take RSS personally and fight back. Or else, we will be doomed to a future, very risky for our coming generations”. Ironically, the proponents of Hindu Raj had started appropriating Ambedkar on his 125th Birth Anniversary. As Babasaheb said, go back to villages and your localities, and emancipate the masses, failing which depressed classes will be doomed.
Fast forward to 60 plus days and many protests later, VC Appa Rao Podile, the small fish who facilitated the murder of one of his own students, gets back to campus aided by right wing police and right wing administration. Nobody cares. Students starts protesting non violently and gets brutally beaten up and sexually, physically and verbally abused. Rape threats are issued at female students and Muslim students are called terrorists. Nobody bothers to report even. Around 36 people including 3 faculties are missing after police detained them. Do you care?
I would argue that Sufism and deconstruction could be a guide to negate all forms of power , be it race, caste, gender, sexuality etc, and relocate our being in a social location that is ontologically situated outside of dominant power narratives.
We condemn this ghastly act of the CITU/CPI(M) comrades unequivocally and appeal to the democratic forces in the university to take a stand on such issues that often gets erased in the mainstream, left-driven discourse and as well submerged within the pomp and splendour of ‘International Women’s Day’ Celebrations !!
Like Mudassir, there are 100’s of students coming to these institutions from the lowest strata of society and from the most discriminated areas such as Kashmir. Irrespective of the fact that they have fought all odds to reach here, these institutions mostly fail to recognize their worth. Their merit is often rewarded with discrimination, humiliation, violence and death.
The strengthening social justice is being renounced by media and Sangh Parivar past jingoistic nationalism.This is the right time for all democratic believers to stand up and fight against this fascist menace upon students.
Prof. Gopal Guru (Faculty, Centre for Political Studies School of Social Sciences. Jawahar Lal Nehru University) in a talk series titled ‘What is the nation? JNU…
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