Survived many suicidal stages due to CPI(M)’s casteism: Kerala Dalit research scholar

Deepa, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike now outside the University campus since October 29, speaks to Maktoob’s Ashfaque EJ.

Deepa P. Mohanan, a Dalit research scholar at Kerala’s Mahatma Gandhi University has been alleging that she was facing caste discrimination from her Ph.D. Guide Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal, university authorities, and ruling CPIM leaders for the last 10 years.

Following a hunger strike by Deepa, university authorities have removed professor Kalarikkal from a research institute director’s post. Deepa has alleged years of casteist treatment and misuse of power by Kalarikkal.

Deepa told Maktoob that the professor and other varsity authorities used their ties with CPI(M) to avoid major disciplinary actions against them and to suppress her complaints on casteism.

Deepa, who was on a hunger strike outside the University campus, spoke to Maktoob’s Ashfaque EJ.