Lucknow: Dalit law student raises Rohith in PM Modi speech

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and university Vice-Chancellor R C Sobti looked on with surprise from the stage, as the student was joined by two others, all raising the same slogans.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Updated: January 22, 2016 9:40 pm
Lucknow: Two students raising slogan against PM Narendra Modi at the convocation of BR Ambedkar university in Lucknow on Friday. PTI photo. Lucknow: Two students raising slogan against PM Narendra Modi at the convocation of BR Ambedkar university in Lucknow on Friday. PTI photo.

Just as the Prime Minister began his speech at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University on Friday, a student stood up from the audience and started raising the slogan ‘Narendra Modi go back’.

Taken aback, Modi stopped for a few moments before continuing with his speech which lasted for over 30 minutes. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and university Vice-Chancellor R C Sobti looked on with surprise from the stage, as the student was joined by two others, all raising the same slogans.

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It turned out that Ram Karan Nirmal, a Dalit who has completed an LLM in Human Rights from the university, was protesting against the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula.

‘Rohith hum sharminda hain, Dronachanrya abhi zinda hai (Rohith, we are ashamed that Dronacharya is still alive’)’, was the other slogan the group raised before they were overpowered by security personnel.

V-C Prof Sobti said, “Nirmal has completed his LLM and had come to accept his degree. The university cannot take action against a student who has graduated. It is democracy.”

While the proctor at the university said Nirmal was taken away by police, officers at the local Aashiana station denied having detained any student from the university.

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    Mfeku MoNa
    Jan 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm
    Modi bahktas depressed!!! Feku timw is up!!
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      Mfeku MoNa
      Jan 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm
      Modi don't shade crocodile tears you snake bhut pisach....t!!! Karma!
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        Srividya Jayaraman
        Jan 22, 2016 at 6:23 pm
        Not all . Only people with real inteligence and atude to come upin lie will be the sufferers. The problems is tjrae dalits will not like any authority to take action and start protesting this process General Candidates who study or work are the suffers. It's high time now lot of good quality private universities should upon up so that all good candidates with merit should study there. Let the Central universities should be left for Dakota and leftist who can go on protesting without studio g.
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          Kumarpushp
          Jan 22, 2016 at 11:16 pm
          Modi belongs to Felipe caste which comes under OBCs same as mr dattatrya and Sunil Kumar who cornered Rohit on whom Modi showed crocodile tears . Time has come 120 million Dalits should sell there TVs sets any arms to punish the Hindus and there Hindu led government in india
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            arc
            Jan 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm
            Indian express should keep tabs on how the two arrested Dalit boys fare in detention. Given the vindictive nature of the sanghis and their violent antecedents, I fear fir the life of the two protestors.
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              arc
              Jan 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm
              Nirmal, salute you for having the courage to speak up in front of crocodile tear shedder. I guess now the nda govt , rajnath's gestapo and abvp goondas will make mincemeat out of you. My condolence to your parents in advance.
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                Karunakaran
                Jan 23, 2016 at 1:41 am
                About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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                  Karunakaran
                  Jan 23, 2016 at 1:42 am
                  Dalits must start demanding a dedicated Central University for the Dalits. That is the only way India can ensure the non-Dalit teachers will stop disrespecting India's original inhabitants. US has dedicated universities for the blacks.
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