Kanhaiya hits out at Centre, vows to continue fight
Even as Osmania University and University of Hyderabad campuses remained tensed for various reasons, JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that the government flared up the issue of JNU to divert people’s attention from the Rohit Vemula’s suicide issue and subsequent developments.
Says Centre used JNU issue to camouflage Vemula suicide
Hyderabad: Even as Osmania University and University of Hyderabad campuses remained tensed for various reasons, JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that the government flared up the issue of JNU to divert people’s attention from the Rohit Vemula’s suicide issue and subsequent developments.
Addressing a press conference after landing here on Wednesday afternoon, Kanhaiya, accompanied by local CPI leaders, said the fight would continue until the government brought ‘Rohit Act’ to curb atrocities on the lines of Nirbhaya Act. “The government smartly made issue of JNU to keep Rohit Vemula’s issue under carpet. But we all know that even if we are different, we are one when it comes to saving justice in the nation.
That’s why as soon as I came out of jail, on behalf of JNUSU, I thought I would go to Hyderabad. My first visit outside Delhi would be Hyderabad,” he said. Kanhaiya said Vemula’s mother was like Bhagat Singh’s mother in the present circumstances.
Kanhaiya was scheduled to address a meeting on the campus on Wednesday evening on the invitation of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, which had spearheaded an agitation earlier demanding justice for Dalit research scholar Vemula, who committed suicide in a hostel room in the University of Hyderabad on January 17.
“Today, I will first meet Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika and his brother Raja. JAC has invited me to address a public meeting on UoH campus. If police allows me, then I will definitely go to UoH and address the students,” Kanhaiya told reporters at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport here.
“We have experience with JAC for various struggles and we will take this fight forward. This struggle will continue until ‘Rohith Act is implemented to fulfil his (Rohith) dreams of social justice on the campus,” he said.
Earlier, UoH authorities categorically said they would not allow outsiders, including media and political party leaders, on the campus in view of the prevailing situation.
It may be mentioned here that on Tuesday, UoH Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile’s official residence was vandalised by students and the police had to baton charge another group during their protest against him resuming charge after a two-month leave in the wake of suicide by Vemula.
Notably, the mother and brother of the Dalit research scholar had last month met political leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and K C Tyagi, seeking their support for enactment of a ‘Rohith Act’ against caste discrimination in educational institutions.