WHY DID WE FAIL TO TRAVEL FROM HYDERABAD TO VILLUPURAM? (II)

This time it was another research scholar and another central university. And he was not Dalit.

A research scholar from the Central University of Rajasthan committed suicide because, allegedly, he was under depression by pressure and harassment from his research advisor.

These are allegations – allegations that forced the nation to take note when Rohith Vemula committed suicide – because there were inbuilt elements of Dalit politics – and because, rightly there were elements of caste discrimination.

We have discussed why the Rohith’s case took the nation by storm and why the Villupuram case failed to do so.

Politics dear folks! Politics!

Stay assure that nothing is going to happen in this Central University of Rajasthan case – as nothing concrete in fact happened in Rohith Vemula’s case – in spite of media outrage and the subsequent national grief. No one, including anyone from the University of Hyderabad, has been held responsible in the case.

Suicide by three students of the SVS College of Naturopathy and Yoga in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuam (or spate of student suicides that were reported after Rohith Vemula incident or even this one from the Central University of Rajasthan) is sans scopes of political mileage and so we are not going to hear much about them.

Yes, it was about three girl students, who were Dalit, and they allegedly committed suicide because they were left in a hopeless state – and it happened within a week of Rohith Vemula incident (January 17 to January 23) – so it did get due media exposure. But politicians were not there. Likewise, there will be no outrage or scrutiny of this incident at the Central University of Rajasthan. If it has to get, it will get just routine coverage.

Because these incidents happen in one of those educational institution which are established to dupe and loot incidents. The quality of students (or professionals) who pass out from these outfits is poor. And most of the time, some politicians are found behind the projects – either directly or in patronizing positions.

These institutions are either in small towns or in peripheries of bigger, metro cities (in a clutter of clusters – with no differentiation) – busy in deceiving dreams.

So no one likes to talk about them, including media and society, even if it directly affects many families, sucking up their earnings of whole life – circumstances that force sincere students to the extremes of hopelessness.

Educational institutions in India are run with dictatorial mindset. Government run institutions including central and state universities and most professional colleges are fiefdoms of their administrative heads, teachers and officers. And almost private academic institution are like mercenary banks who operate on ‘no return’ policy.

The first that they do is – they kill the culture of healthy dissent – and in the process sacrifice universal values of humanity.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

WHY DID WE FAIL TO TRAVEL FROM HYDERABAD TO VILLUPURAM? (I)

Rohith Vemula’s suicide took the nation by storm. A wave of outrage that began on January 17 when the news of his suicide broke along with his intellectually worded suicide note. Since then, the social media and the mainstream media have been all about the issue, giving due exposure any such story deserves.

And then, there were elements in place.

It was a prestigious central university – University of Hyderabad.

A Dalit research scholar had committed suicide in an educational institution where other eight Dalit students, alleging caste discrimination, had committed suicide in the past decade.

Rohith’s letters blamed his university and social institutions.

Then there were letters by a union minister from BJP and from a central government ministry, Human Resources Development, led by Smriti Irani, in the case pressurizing the university administration to take action against Rohith Vemula and some other students for their alleged assault on an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader (ABVP).

So, there was this angle of student politics – touching the chords of national politics – in a metro city that is one of India’s Information-Technology capitals.

And above all, there was this angle of Dalit Vs non-Dalit angle.

So, even if was a horror, that a young student was forced to commit suicide due to administrative apathy, social disparity and political interference, all elements were in place for every stakeholder, including politicians, to squeeze the mileage that would suit them.

Yes, apart from social media and media outrage, and the subsequent social mobilization, it is pure politics.

And why it is pure politics becomes clear from yet another social horror.

Three students of an allied medial college in Villupuram, a Tamil Nadu district, committed suicide by jumping in a well because they had lost all hopes for their future as the college that had promised them a rosy future had duped them of their families’ savings. They alleged in their suicide note that the college administration had imparted no skills in almost first two years of their college and there were no facilities to train them. The college was busy in looting them, and at the same time, was killing the students by denying them their option to earn livelihood.

The students wrote in their suicide note that they were committing suicide hoping that it would draw attention to their plight. Another girt student from the same college committed suicide later.
These students were Dalit as well.

Yes, we cannot and we should not compare but it was another horror after Rohith Vemula’s suicide that should have rightly driven us mad on the sorry state of affairs in the our higher educational institutions.

But it didn’t happen after the initial social media and media fury – and why?

To continue..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/