- The Man: Though from the SC Mala community, Rohith Chakravarthi Vemula had obtained a seat in the general category
- The Mission: He joined the university in 2012 and received a Junior Research Fellowship from CSIR in April 2014
- The End: His Rs 25,000 stipend had been on hold since July 2015, he was expecting Rs 1.75 lakh in arrears
To get a measure of untouchability in our country, one needs only to look at the two-glass system. It is a practice whereby Dalits are not allowed to use the same glass as elite castes to drink water from. It was a version of this that Rohith Chakravarthi Vemula faced when he, along with four other PhD scholars and Ambedkar Students’ Association members, was suspended from one of the top varsities in India. Starting January 3, 2016, the foursome faced a social boycott, forbidden from entering the hostel, the mess, the administrative building and interacting freely...