Mother India lost a son…I feel the pain, says PM; Govt sets up a judicial probe

Modi breaks silence on Rohith: Keep reason, politics aside, he was forced to commit suicide

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Updated: January 23, 2016 1:09 am
narendra modi, Rohith Vemula, Modi Dalit student, Modi dalit, Modi rohith Vemula, modi varanasi, File photo of PM Narendra Modi

Breaking his silence on the death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula inside a hostel room at the University of Hyderabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that “Mother India had lost a son” and that he “felt the pain”.

The moment he began his address at the sixth convocation of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow, two students in the audience shouted “Narendra Modi go back”. Almost immediately, they were escorted out by security personnel.


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Modi then continued, “Desh jawaan hai, desh ke sapne jawaan hain, sankalp jawaan hain, desh ke liye mar mitne vaale jawaan hain. Yeh yuva shakti kitni badi dharohar hai hamaare liye (The nation is young, its dreams and resolutions are young, those who die for the nation are young. The power of youth is a big legacy for us).”

“Lekin ussi samay jab yeh khabar milti hai ki mere desh ke naujawan betey Rohith ko atmhatya karne key liye majboor hona padha… Uske pariwar par kya beeti hogi… Maa Bharti ne apna ek lal khoya (But then we hear that my country’s young son, Rohith, was forced to commit suicide… What would his family be going through… Mother India has lost a son),” he said.

“Kaaran apni jagah par honge, rajniti apni jagah par hogi, lekin sachchai yeh hai ki Maa Bharti ney apna ek lal khoya. Iski peeda mein bhali bhati mehsoos karta hoon (Reasons and politics aside, the truth is that Mother India has lost a son. I can feel the pain),” he added.

Invoking Ambedkar several times, Modi said, “Today, I feel elated as I am among youth… Ambedkar has given a lot to this country. But one thing necessary for this country, and what Babasaheb was committed to, is education. He used to tell everyone this, his mantra was: Shikshit bano, sangathit bano, sangharsh karo (imbibe education, organise and take up the fight).”


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“One has to do sangharsh with himself, around himself, and that is possible only when you are educated,” he added.

“At times, being unsuccessful acts like fertiliser for success. One should not feel ashamed in front of friends,” he said.

Modi also highlighted the progress made by the Dalit community, citing the example of Dalit industrialists. He said there are 1.25 lakh bank branches in the country and urged every branch to give money for a start-up to a Dalit or a tribal without guarantee so they can become self-sufficient.


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  1. I
    Jan 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    Now they will say he was acting. They know more about his psychology than their own.
    1. P
      Jan 22, 2016 at 6:32 pm
      Modi is a , Naxalite, Islamist, Jihadist, ISI agent! for not supporting the suicide and not supporting All Brahmins Varmints Parishad(ABVP).
    2. M
      Mfeku MoNa
      Jan 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm
      Crocodile tears!!!! Ask him how many peoples blood in his hand painted with???
      1. M
        Mfeku MoNa
        Jan 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm
        Modi is Kutta first n then Chaywala n then MP...
        1. H
          Haradhan Mandal
          Jan 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm
          Until this time - when the belated painful 'regret' or whatever came - 'the supporters - the ever righteous Bhaktas' were claiming that justice was done, everything was done according to 'Justice'. Many other charges were also labelled against him (Rohit , the Dalit PHD scholar) and his ociations (ASA). And the most bizarre turn of event is the HRD minister uring the mother on phone that justice will be done. For whom? We thought - justice was done and right things were done!!!!
          1. S
            Sood IML
            Jan 22, 2016 at 11:37 am
            These anti national people always want to run down this Govt. but their baseless comments do not creat any ripple in current progress this country is making.These traitors sitting in their cloves only knows how to write few rubbish words as per their breeding and start showing their presence. But who cares for them.Each country faces such ill bred people but time never stops to waste time to look ar them.
          2. U
            US NRI
            Jan 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm
            Very unfortunate that media and politicians who were politicizing this made modi respond to this..the funny thing is modi is only second pm from the OBC category..however Congress who ruled India for longest time has PM from not backward category had no such issues. Does it mean during prior rules there were no atrocities committed against Dalits? In other words media and some politicians have still not accepted a paradigm shift in power.
            1. V
              Jan 22, 2016 at 6:46 pm
              I am sorry Mr. Modi but being SORRY and feeling the PAIN is just not enough for Rohith's mother's grief. Punish the guilty and punish them fast. Please be fair all all those responsible for leaving ROhith no option but to commit suicide should also be held accountable. Irani and dattatraya are equally responsible for his death.
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