Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 22.01.16


Father of Dalit student who committed suicide in 2013 says university, HRD ministry not learning any lessons – The Indian express


PM Modi’s Dalit Outreach As He Visits Lucknow, Varanasi NDTV


FIR against Ajmer University VC, 6 others over expulsion of Dalit student – IBN LIVE


Dalit organisations take out protest march in Hubballi – The hindu



The Indian express

Father of Dalit student who committed suicide in 2013 says university, HRD ministry not learning any lessons


Pulyala Samaiah, the father of Dalit student Pulyala Raju who committed suicide on March 19, 2013, feels the Hyderabad University and the HRD Ministry have not learnt any lessons. There has been national outrage over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit research scholar at the university. Rohith, along with four other students, had been suspended by the university over an alleged assault on an ABVP student. An FIR in this regard was also filed against Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya who had alleged in a letter to the HRD ministry that ‘casteist and anti-national’ elements were creating trouble at the university.


“I thought suicides by Dalit students will end with the death of my son. Unfortunately, I had to come twice to University of Hyderabad after my son to attend two more funerals and stand in solidarity with Dalit students,” laments Pulyala Samiah.

Samaiah had come to the university on Friday morning to sit with the protesting students through the weekend.

“I did this when Madari Venkatesh committed suicide six months after my son on November 24, 2013. The HRD, the university and officials are not learning any lessons. After the furore following Venkatesh’s suicide, I thought at least now officials, lecturers and professors, VC and Administration staff will learn their lessons and they will ensure that poor Dalit students won’t be driven to hang themselves or take poison again. But it is unfortunate that one more young life has been lost in Rohith Vemula. I do not know any of the students sitting here on protest today but I have come all the way from Bhoopalapalli in Warangal district to sit with them because I understand what they are going through,” Samaiah, an employee of Singareni Colleries said.

He says the complaints of students and SC\ST Teachers and non-teaching staff are the same year after year.

“The number of families of dead victims feeling the need to express solidarity with protesting students is growing every year. Even parents like us with not much education understand that you cannot harass and push a student beyond a point. Officials here should consider the social and family backgrounds these youngsters come from and learn to show minimum sensitivity,” he says.

Samaiah decided not to let his younger son Ravi to take admission in UoH to do BEd.

“The circumstances and conditions here would have killed him too. I admitted him at Nizam College. He is now preparing to write state civil services exams and I keep him away from UoH,” he said.

On Friday, standing in front of a crowd of students, Samaiah made a poignant appeal to the University to show some compassion and sensitivity towards Dalit students and take steps to prevent more suicides.


PM Modi’s Dalit Outreach As He Visits Lucknow, Varanasi


LUCKNOW:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow today for the first time since he took power in 2014, in a visit that is politically significant for the ruling BJP ahead of polls in the state next year.

This is the first time in 11 years that a prime minister is visiting Lucknow, which was the constituency of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The PM is going for events associated with BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution and a Dalit icon, signaling his party’s focus on Dalits, who comprise a vital 21-22 per cent of voters.

It is anticipated that he may break his silence on the suicide of a Dalit student in Hyderabad, over which two of his ministers are confronting anger.

On his first visit to Lucknow in 20 months, PM Modi will pay homage at the Ambedkar Mahasabha office, which has an urn of the iconic leader’s ashes. He is also the chief guest at the convocation of the central Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, where students dressed in “Lucknawi” kurta-pyjamas and specially designed jackets will receive certificates from him.

One of the highlights of the visit is a “Mann ki Baat (from the heart)” session in which the prime minister will sit on a charpoy and chat with 18 rickshaw pullers who will sit around him in moodas or traditional stools.

This morning, he visited his constituency Varanasi and distributed aid and equipment to people with disabilities.

Uttar Pradesh goes to polls exactly a year from now and the BJP is eyeing a repeat of the national election in which it won 72 of the state’s 80 seats. The party got much of its support from Dalit voters who shifted loyalty from Mayawati’s BSP, which failed to score a single seat. Ahead of Mr Modi’s visit, Mayawati said: “If the PM and the NDA are serious about Dalit votes then the centre should take more realistic steps to help Dalits in the country. And reservation for Dalits in the private sector can be one such step.”

The PM has not commented so far on the political maelstrom over the suicide of 26-year-old research student Rohith Vemula at the Hyderabad Central University.

Students and the opposition allege that Rohith was subjected to caste discrimination. Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya has been accused of compelling the university to take action against Rohith. Education minister Smriti Irani has also drawn protests for saying that the suicide had nothing to do with a caste battle.


FIR against Ajmer University VC, 6 others over expulsion of Dalit student


Ajmer: An FIR has been registered against seven persons, including the vice chancellor of Ajmer university, after a trial court order, for alleged discrimination against a Dalit student.

The court had ordered the police to register a case against them for allegedly harassing a Dalit research scholar and allegedly going beyond the rules to expel him.

The expelled Dalit scholar, Umesh Jonwal, has alleged that he was asked for money by his counsellor. After he refused to pay any money, he was expelled on the grounds of staying absent for 15 days despite the fact that the rule does not apply to research scholars.

Notably, this comes amid the uproar over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student who had alleged discrimination by Hyderabad Central University administration.

While the students at the Hyderabad University have been protesting relentlessly demanding justice for Vemula, politicians from across party lines, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, have flocked to the university campus to express solidarity with the students.

The hindu

Dalit organisations take out protest march in Hubballi


Seeking the arrest of those “responsible” for the suicide of research scholar at the University of Hyderabad, various Dalit organisations took out a protest march here on Thursday.

During the protest march, members of the organisations also sought a ban on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat alleging that it was responsible for the suicide of the research scholar.

The protest march began from the Ambedkar statue near the Head Post office and covered Lamington Road and Kittur Chennamma Circle, to reach the Mini Vidhana Soudha.

Raising slogans against anti-Dalit leaders and officers of the university, the protesters sought the immediate arrest of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya terming them ant-Dalit.

They condemned what they termed as attempts to keep Dalits away from higher education and from becoming followers of Ambedkar.

At the Kittur Chennamma Circle, the protesters staged a demonstration for some time before going to the Mini Vidhana Soudha, where they submitted a memorandum addressed to the President. Office-bearers of various Dalit organisations, including Pitambrappa Bilar, Gurunath Ullikashi, Maruti Doddamani, Premanath Chikkatumbal and Vijay Guntral, led the protest march.

In the memorandum, apart from seeking steps against Ms. Smriti Irani and Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya, the Dalit organisations have sought protection to Dalits from such institutionalised attacks.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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