Video shot days before his suicide: ‘My name is Rohith Vemula. I am a Dalit’

The video, reportedly shot for a Facebook campaign regarding the expulsion of five Dalit PhD scholars including Vemula, was found in the laptop of one of his friends.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published:October 18, 2016 3:58 am
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Friends of Rohith Vemula on Monday released a video purportedly showing the PhD scholar speaking about himself days before he committed suicide in a room at the University of Hyderabad on January 17.

The video, reportedly shot for a Facebook campaign regarding the expulsion of five Dalit PhD scholars including Vemula, was found in the laptop of one of his friends.

“The video was forgotten as the idea to campaign against the UoH administration and VC P Appa Rao was dropped. We found the video last week and decided to release it as many questions are being raised about Rohith’s caste, with the Roopanwal Committee saying he was not a Dalit,’’ said Munna Sannaki, a friend of Vemula and member of the Ambedkar Students’ Association.

In the video, Vemula says: “My name is Rohith Vemula. I am a Dalit from Guntur. Jai Bheem to all. I am a student of UoH since 2010. I am doing PhD in the social science department. The university has decided to suspend five Dalit students and they have expelled us from the hostel premises. They have said that the notice that we were served says that our presence in public places, hostel premises and administration building can be treated as criminal acts. I am the son of a daily wage labourer and my mother raised me.’’

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The one-man commission of Justice (retired) Roopanwal submitted in its report to the HRD ministry that Vemula’s mother Radhika faked her caste and got certificates issued as SC (Mala) or Dalit. Radhika slammed the report, stating that she does not have to lie about her caste.

“I changed my subject to sociology from biotechnology because of my passion for social science and social issues. I got a junior research fellowship, and I got a seat in the general category in Social Sciences School,” Vemula says in the video.

“This video is proof of Vemula’s caste. It rebuts everything the Roopanwal Commission had to say about his caste,’’ Sannaki said.

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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Oct 18, 2016 at 3:12 am
    Heartless, deeply in-egalitarian society has a government that it deserves.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Unless something fundamental changes in the 'Indian Ideology' these brutal murders will continue and shameless reports will be manufactured and TV anchors will argue about it till the next breaking news.
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      Anuradha Kalhan
      Oct 18, 2016 at 4:10 am
      Maybe we are our worst enemy! We really do not need to frame stan all the time to distract ourselves from what we are and what we do to fellow citizens! The tone of most of the comments proves my point.
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        Brave Heart
        Oct 18, 2016 at 4:58 am
        In andhra it's very easy to get.a fake caste certificate.
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          Champa Bai
          Oct 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm
          if he is a dalit...so what???????is he only important...rest all are chu%^$%^
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            Innathe Chinthavishayam
            Oct 18, 2016 at 2:17 am
            Just he said in a video does not mean he is dalit. there is clear evidence of mis -use of reservation category and that needs to be investigated. The seat would have gone to any other eligible reserved category student who would have completed the course and ped out without creating ruckus like this. Rohit was mostly fed up with his communist colleagues and their let down of dalits, there is also no logical reasoning why the BJP should single out this person out of the blue and target him. Nobody gets expelled from any university without reason.
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              Pinna
              Oct 18, 2016 at 2:18 am
              Only if wishes were horses, I would have declared myself as a Dalit too. There is plethora of benefits available t them. Its so easy to become a Dalit and reap the harvest. Were the Jats from Haryana not so intelligent. Instead of going for m destruction, they should have proclaimed as Dalits too and got plushed jobs too. Its another matter whether they got the caliber and talent to hold on. Not only me, I would have convinced hundreds and thousands of others to declared themselves as Dalits. What is happening in India! Its the only country in the w world where observing the available benefits even the higher caste persons are willing to. BJP tried to bell the cat, but burnt its hands in Bihar when the RSS vaguely hinted at bringing in suitable changes to the existing policies! Let the stale policy bring in the desired results sooner than later and laugh it out.
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                Indian
                Oct 18, 2016 at 5:24 am
                It seems free planned murder .
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                  Rahul
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 9:21 am
                  As BJP running India on the base of religion(favours upper cast only), One day it will definetely divide India.
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                    Rahul
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 9:27 am
                    even Human development report and child health are at very low point in BJP rulled states
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                      Giri
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 4:36 am
                      Don't try to make a looser as a hero, there are millions of Dalits doing great work. He killed himself and nobody murdered him ( his suicide note say so). Our media including Pappu and AK trying to get some mileage from this.
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                        Ram
                        Oct 18, 2016 at 5:42 am
                        Elections are near, so congi-commie-casteist gangs along with abrahmic agents and presutes create discredited old lies as new issues. A guy and his mother who even disown own father and produce fake Dalit caste certificate might. Have made that video on the suggestion of his leftist friends, probably who knew its utility then itself. A deep probe is being opposed by all these groups as they have created this conspiracy and may have a hand in brainwShing him to commit suicide. Just look at Islamist terr0rists who brainwash so many people to blow the self in stan.. This may be their entry inside India in a different way.
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                          Ram
                          Oct 18, 2016 at 5:49 am
                          Sure, that is why these commie-Islamist gang behind his death arranged this video to use in future after eliminating him. His suicide notes where some parts are cut off as well as one leftist student leader who confessed for involvement of left groups in making him depressed and feel lonely all point to the involvement of students who are claiming to be his friends and supporters, and using his murder by them as stepping stone to become netas. They carefully opposing and discrediting all probe results to save themselves from the clutches of law diverting the blame on ministers, BJP etc.
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                            Ram
                            Oct 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                            True mullaji, NaMo is only upper caste Brahmin leader to rule after rule of Dalits, OBCs like Rajiv, Sonia,vp Singh, karat, Yechury, Kejirisab etc. But real Dalits,real OBCs have different idea, the heartburn for people like you will only increase in coming 2-3 decades. Unfortunately for you, even stan mY not exist in present form to seek solac..
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                              Kumar
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 3:36 am
                              Media is somehow, propagating the case of SC/STs only. There is a second side to this story also. There is at least one department of a Central Government PSU, where the SC/STs have a career graph which puts them ahead of non SC/STs right from the day they start their career and till the end. Who/what will motivate the non-SC/STs to perform and that may be one of the reasons, PSUs are going from bad to worse.
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                                tahir
                                Oct 18, 2016 at 1:38 am
                                yeh bhee hum stanioun per daal do aur araam say so jao
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                                  vnksk
                                  Oct 18, 2016 at 4:41 am
                                  Leftists r not human being they r goondas and anti-national goondas. The seculars r not secular theyr r seculars. Tey don't know what is secularism.
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                                    vnksk
                                    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:39 am
                                    This video looks to be a conspiracy of leftist goondas and their secular media goondas.
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                                      Khan Waqar
                                      Oct 18, 2016 at 4:36 am
                                      Indian Cast system is 6000 years old,it will take while to erase the effects of this ideology,till that time 350 Million Dalits have no future in India..
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                                        Swamy
                                        Oct 18, 2016 at 5:11 am
                                        In M00dyji rule it is very easy to fake reports, commissions, degrees, media, Surgical strikes and many more.Judiciary independence is at stake.recognize the stone faced man without feelings, recognise the Dictator in making.
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                                          Swamy
                                          Oct 18, 2016 at 5:10 am
                                          In M00dyji rule it is very easy to fake reports, commissions, degrees, media, Surgical strikes and many more.Judiciary independence is at stake.recognize the stone faced man without feelings, recognise the Dictator in making.
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                                            Swamy
                                            Oct 18, 2016 at 5:15 am
                                            It will not be wrong to say Caste system was introduced by Christian Bhagwan Maanu and all low castes who were tortured and suppressed from thousands of years were Brahman/Shatrya Muslims. Satti , Niyogaa, devadi all were from Minorities.keep it up Swarnas.
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