Dalit Scholar Rohit Vemula Suicide

       Published : Jan 20, 2016 13:21 IST    

Dalit Scholar Rohit Vemula Suicide

Rohit Vemula, a PhD student from Hyderabad Central University was found hanging at the University hostel on Sunday.

A 26-old dalit scholar hanged himself at the Central University hostel room at the varsity campus. Five University students including himself were suspended by the University in August 2015. These five research scholars were suspended for attacking an ABVP leader.

Before committing suicide he had written letter saying no one is cause for his death. There was protest mounting after his suicide. It is taking the political turn; many political leaders are involving and stating their opinion.

In general it is not the individual act. Rohit joins the list of student who suicide themselves by depression and lack of proper guidance.

Nearly 130 professors, lectures from various institutions all around the world had written open letter to Vice-Chancellor of the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) demanding justice and expressing their shock towards the young scholar suicide. They are claiming immediate action, police investigation and to provide support to his family.

Students were claiming action against the Union Minister and Vice-Chancellor. Meanwhile opposition political parties taking favor of this situation.

Suicide Note by Rohit Vemula:

'Good morning,

I would not be around when you read this letter. Don’t get angry on me. I know some of you truly cared for me, loved me and treated me very well. I have no complaints on anyone. It was always with myself I had problems. I feel a growing gap between my soul and my body. And I have become a monster. I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan. At last, this is the only letter I am getting to write.

I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan.

I loved Science, Stars, Nature, but then I loved people without knowing that people have long since divorced from nature. Our feelings are second handed. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs colored. Our originality valid through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love without getting hurt.

The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust. In every field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living.

I am writing this kind of letter for the first time. My first time of a final letter. Forgive me if I fail to make sense.

My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past.

May be I was wrong, all the while, in understanding world. In understanding love, pain, life, death. There was no urgency. But I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past.

I am not hurt at this moment. I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That’s pathetic. And that’s why I am doing this.

People may dub me as a coward. And selfish, or stupid once I am gone. I am not bothered about what I am called. I don’t believe in after-death stories, ghosts, or spirits. If there is anything at all I believe, I believe that I can travel to the stars. And know about the other worlds.

If you, who is reading this letter can do anything for me, I have to get 7 months of my fellowship, one lakh and seventy five thousand rupees. Please see to it that my family is paid that. I have to give some 40 thousand to Ramji. He never asked them back. But please pay that to him from that.

Let my funeral be silent and smooth. Behave like I just appeared and gone. Do not shed tears for me. Know that I am happy dead than being alive.

'From shadows to the stars.'

Uma anna, sorry for using your room for this thing.

To ASA family, sorry for disappointing all of you. You loved me very much. I wish all the very best for the future.

For one last time,

Jai Bheem

I forgot to write the formalities. No one is responsible for my this act of killing myself.

No one has instigated me, whether by their acts or by their words to this act.

This is my decision and I am the only one responsible for this.

Do not trouble my friends and enemies on this after I am gone.'

Dalit Scholar Rohit Vemula Suicide


Dalit Scholar Rohit Vemula Suicide


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