15 June, 2021

"Rohith Has Died Due To Political ­Interference"

TRS MP Kavitha Kalvakuntla on politics, municipal polls and Rohith Vemula.

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"Rohith Has Died Due To Political ­Interference"

A stream of petitioners queue up outside her apartment complex in Banjara Hills where TRS MP Kavitha Kalvakuntla, daughter of Telangana chief minister K. Ch­an­drasekhara Rao listens patiently to endless requests for jobs, pension, transfers, funds for cancer treatment and Himalayan climbing expeditions. She takes a few minutes off to speak to Madhavi Tata. Excerpts:

What do you say about the debate on intolerance raging in the country? What is your take on the Rohith Vemula suicide?

This debate began in the country because of the inaction of Modiji. When his Ministers, MPs were speaking in weird terms about various issues, he should have acted against them. Now, the entire country believes that this is what the Prime Minister also endorses. In Telangana, where there is sizeable minority population, we give equal importance to everybody.

Rohith's issue is a direct result of political interference in student politics. The VC Appa Rao did not react to children sleeping outside in the cold air...

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