Abhimanyu Gaur and Rohith Vemula : Two Deaths, Different Reactions

In the new year India has seen two murders that needs to draw peoples attention. One is mowing down of Abhimanyu Gaur, an airman, who was participating in republic day parade rehearsal. Culprit was son of an alleged Trina Mool Congress party (TMC) member. Police apparently had advised the accused how to get out of the city and evade arrest and when to surrender. After a lot o noise, the main accused and his friends were arrested nearly 4 – 7 days after actual incident. 

Can anyone remember how much news paper space and TV time the incidence grabbed? How many secular politicians – Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kehriwal, Nitish Kumar, Laluji Yadav, Sitaram Yechury et al. demanded ouster of West Bengal home minister and chief minister? None. Because in this day and and age of likely third front alliance, Mamata didi can be a powerful ally and a game changer. 

Rohith Vemula committed suicide at the University of Hyderabad. Rohith was a brilliant student a PhD scholar. Rohith was a member of Ambedkar Students Association. Given the support Rohith is getting from AISA and left parties, there is every possibility that Rohith and his friends were associated with extreme left ideology as well. Telangana is a hot bed of naxalite movement now. I have no dispute with Rohith’s politics. He can abuse Swami Vivekananda. He can glorify Yakub Memon. I can understand Rohith was free to say anything in the name of freedom of speech. 

I am more interested in knowing why a tough boy like Rohith killed himself. His suicide letter did not mention anyone to be responsible. People who decide to fight against the establishment, are usually tough people and they usually do not break. They take it for granted that their fight is going to be long and hard. So why did  Rohith commit suicide? Was he getting disillusioned by politics of ultra left, that uses people like Rohith as pawn in their bigger class war? His suicide letter certainly suggest so. Rohith who was fighting a political battle, why did he not get any assistance from his organisation? Is this the cause of his depression and eventual suicide? I think an investigation will only reveal. 

One must look at beeline of politicians like Arvind Kejrwal, Rahul Gandhi, Asaduddin Owaisi at Hyderabad University. I am curious, when Abimanyu Gaur passed away, did Derek O’Brien of TMC cry murder? Did he ask for justice and sacking of home minister? By the way, home ministry in Bengal is headed by Mamata Banerjee, and Derek loves his job. 

When Akhlaq was lynched, media accused BJP of communalising the event. Now Rohith passed away. Absence of BJP members is seen as anti-dalit. By the way, ABVP leader who Rohith fought with belongs to backward caste so does the minister Bandaru Dattatreya, whose head opposition is gunning for. While everyone is highlighting anti-dalit bias of BJP, what can be more ironical!

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