HYDERABAD: In a bid to strengthen the demand for the proposed ‘Rohith Act,’ social activist Teesta Setalvad who was in Hyderabad on Monday said that the PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide note which unveils the brutal caste discrimination practised at University of Hyderabad should shake our world.
While delivering a talk at Lamakaan, she said that the problem of communalism, which could not be seen as separate from caste, continues to persist in our country. She laid emphasis on the thorough investigations carried by Thorat Committee in 2007, adding that even nine years after the report came out, the institutions have not internalised its findings.
Moreover, she condemned the bestowing of Millenium Plaque of Honour upon UoH Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile and sympathised with the plight of Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula. “Not only has Radhika lost her son but also been a victim to appalling level of brazenness and insensitivity at the hands of the authorities seeking to confirm her Dalit identity,” she went on to assert.