Rohith Vemula Not A Dalit, Neither His Mother: HRD Commission’s Findings

Rohith Vemula’s mother “branded” herself as Dalit to avail the benefits of reservation; expelling him from the hostel was the “most reasonable” decision the university could have taken; personal frustration, not discrimination, drove the 26-year-old PhD scholar to suicide; Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Smriti Irani were only discharging their duties and there was no pressure on the Hyderabad Central University authorities.

These are the salient conclusions of the inquiry conducted by the one-man judicial commission set up by the HRD Ministry on January 28 this year, 11 days after Vemula killed himself in his hostel room.