22 October, 2020

How I killed Rohith Vemula

Would any of the self-righteous, concerned voices have bothered about Rohith Vemula’s life and travails if he had not died so eloquently?

How I killed Rohith Vemula
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

We would have felt proud if the Vice Chancellor has (sic) told that we were suspended because we organized Ambedkar Vardhanthi, Babri Masjid demolition day and Beef festival in the last week. Anyways, this is not the first. Assertion of Dalits has been met with these kind of cunning suppression all over India—It’s Christmas month, resurrection is more than likely in this season.

Rohith Vemula
18 December 2015, Facebook post

Dear Rohith,

I have no shame. I am a vulture. I am not outraged (in some of the circles I move in I pretend I am, though after reading news of your death I forgot to even skip lunch). I feed off death. I am a brahmin.

Let me begin by telling you how this came about: your being dead and my being asked to write this commentary. Your death gave Krishna Prasad, Outlook’s editor, reason to call me after many months. I mumbled something about feeling gutted, about walking around in a fog—I did briefly think...

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


Latest Magazine

October 26, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section