By calling Rohith anti-national, BJP trying to send message to anti-Hindutva forces: Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi was one of the politicians who visited HCU in the wake of the suicide. He met the protesting students and Rohith’s mother.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:January 21, 2016 2:37 am
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has said attempts to project Rohith Vemula — the Dalit student of Hyderabad Central University who committed suicide after being punished by the varsity administration — as an “anti-national” by citing his stance on Yakub Memon’s execution is the NDA government’s way of sending a message to anti-Hindutva forces. He also claimed that casteist discrimination has been a “reality on the HCU campus for years”.

“This is a case of pure hounding, a bogey that the NDA government has erected to paint Rohith as anti-national. They want to send a message to all anti-Hindutva and anti-ABVP forces. The proctoral report makes no mention of Yakub Memon. Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) wanted to screen a documentary on Muzaffarnagar (riots) and the outfit clashed with ABVP when it opposed the screening. ASA had quoted Ambedkar against capital punishment. It is obnoxious that BJP is now projecting him as an anti-national to absolve themselves on the issue of discrimination against Dalits,” said Owaisi, who is also the AIMIM chief.

The narrative, he added, is part of a larger discriminatory environment against Dalits and Muslims. “If it is a Muslim, shoot them and brand them an ISI element or simply say he was a violent man. The same treatment is meted out to Dalits in this country,” he said.

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Owaisi was one of the politicians who visited HCU in the wake of the suicide. He met the protesting students and Rohith’s mother.

“I am shocked to see BJP using a suicide note as a political tool to justify what happened. One can win a legal case by such cold methods, but how can you win a moral argument? Besides, what about the letter to the V-C where he asked for poison or a long rope? The issue is caste. An inquiry commission set up some years back found that there was an environment of discrimination in the varsity and there are inherent biases. In this case, the matter was compounded because Rohith was ideologically opposed to BJP,” Owaisi said. He demanded immediate sacking of the HCU vice-chancellor.

Owaisi also defended visits by leaders from various political parties—something the ruling BJP has strongly criticised. Stating that the visits were a legitimate way of elected representatives to voice their concern, he questioned: “What is wrong in it if it ends discrimination, results in Dalit uplift?”

Till a few years back, the university came under the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, currently represented by Owaisi. After delimitation, it is now in a different segment.

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    Satinder Issar
    Jan 21, 2016 at 2:33 am
    Politicians should work towards eliminating such suicides...than only criticisum... Playing fool and politics... Propose solutions as bold to implement it... You have proved time and again.... tounge has no bones...twist it the way suits you....
  2. V
    Jan 21, 2016 at 5:23 am
    Owaisi game plan ---gt;gt;gt; exploit the faultline of hindu society by using dalits and then kick out dalits to establish muslim rule on india. This is the dream he sees even during day time. Dalits are falling in his trap knowingly or unknowingly. My question to dalits is that will they support such dalit who raises anti national slogan favouring a terrorist yakub memon who was hanged by judiciary for the conspiracy against the motherland.
  3. V
    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:51 am
    Rohith raised slogans in favour of yakub menon who was hanged by judiciary for terrorism. What else one needs to call him anti national? Everything is politicized in this country. Even national security issues. Shame on politicians. How will society and nation work if few of us start shouting slogans in favour of terrorists who were responsible of killing our people. Where is dalit issue in it? Are dalits ok with one of their own standing in favour of terrorists? Terrorists are using dalit issue to advance their agenda.
  4. P
    Jan 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm
    Jai Hind! How many politicians visited the Malda town? People want to play their own way. If some one speaks for Hindus he is communal. if same done for Muslims he is secular. That is the tragedy of our Country we have different standards. If it does not suits you; you can question Apex court. We tend to speak for illegal muslim immigrants in NE India. If we speak against them we are communal........
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    Ravindra Singhaniya
    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm
    At present Brahmins and other so called upper caste Hindus are abused in public and are victims of social order. They are paying for the alleged sins of their ancestors. Now nobody follows casteism in public life, its limited to marriage only. But people have tendency to form groups for political purpose. Only well to do Dalits are taking advantages meant for poor dalits. When will the upper layer dalits will care for poor dalits? Upper caste Hindus have reserved seats for backward Hindus but when the same liberal atude will be shown by well to do Dalits for poor Dalits?
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    Ravindra Singhaniya
    Jan 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    Mr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism as he was discriminated in Hindu religion. Rohith accepted Christianity in year 2005 to escape alleged discrimination so why the writer is blaming Hindus? Blaming Hindus in open category has become a good profitable business for writers as well as corrupt newspapers.
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