India is a country where we proclaim we are independent but actually we are not. At least, the Indian education system is not fully independent. At every point of time, it is always influenced by some sort of non-educational factors. One such factor that influences the Indian education system is the politics of India. Right from the newspapers we glance at the morning to the late night chats, politics is always a hot topic. It is controlling numerous areas like inflation, reservation, cinema, books etc. No surprise it did not leave the education system too.
But now, this unbreakable bond between the Indian politics and education resulted in the suicide of a meritorious research scholar, Rohith Vemula of the Hyderabad University. The victim is a guy who entered the varsity with his love for science and a representation of backward caste’ (as said by the Indian application forms) decreasing illiteracy. The offenders are the dirty Indian politicians and the cruel discrimination based on caste.
The involvement of a party supported student’s wing, a member of parliament and the Human Resource Department ministry clearly shows that our country is still prone to the occasional disappearance of fundamental rights of our law.
Rohith Vemula, who was an active member of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) along with the other students were accused of assaulting ABVP leader N.Susheel Kumar. Despite the lack of proper evidence, the university took a disciplinary action against Rohith and other students of ASA by suspending them during the month of September. But the institution had already started tormenting Rohith by cutting off his stipend from the month of July, 2015. As a lame excuse, the university claimed that it was due to Rohith’s delayed paper work.
It clearly visualizes that some of the country’s educational institutions still love the idea of caste discrimination and the select officials being ruthless towards the backward people of our country. Politics played a perfect role in the demise of a scholar. But it does not stop with that. Even after his death, the other side of politics, to be more precise, the opposition parties in the Indian democratic language use this incident as their spot light to showcase the flaws of the ruling party. Both parties used to accuse another one right from the past with whatever fish they get in. So Rohith Vemula is a no surprise.
Whatever the aftermath is going to be, if justice awakes this time or not, at the end of the day, a symbol of progressing backward community is again doubted and a research scholar along with his love for science are burnt. There could be no replacement for the mother’s lost son and her mourning heart.
“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.”
-Rohith Vemula (A suicidal note)
3rd year, Mechanical.