Chinnaiah Jangam writes in Scroll.in:
Rohith Vemula, a 26-year-old doctoral research scholar at the Central University of Hyderabad, took his life last month by hanging himself with a political banner in a friend’s hostel room. Neither mental depression nor personal failure was the cause of the suicide. The crimes that led to his premature death were his birth as a Dalit, his aspirations for higher education and dignity, and his political
Since Vemula’s death on January 17 there have been unprecedented protests across India, with students raising their voice against caste and the Hindu Right. In the midst of the widespread movement, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Vemula didn’t succumb to power prejudice and caste hatred. His sacrifice was an act of courage that has shaken the conscience of caste Hindus and awakened the souls of Dalits to set a new discourse on social equality in contemporary India.