Neither Rohith Vemula, nor his mother were ‘Dalit’: HRD Findings

According to the HRD commission findings, Rohith Vemula’s mother “branded” herself as Dalit to avail the benefits of reservation. neither of the two were dalits.

As per the findings of the report, expelling Rohith from the hostel was the “most reasonable” decision the university could have taken.

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The reason behind the 26-year-old PhD scholar to suicide was his personal frustration, not discrimination.

Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Smriti Irani were only discharging their duties and there was no pressure on the Hyderabad Central University authorities.

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These are some of the major findings of the panel that are compiled by one-man judicial commission set up by the HRD Ministry on January 28 this year and the 41-page report was submitted by former Allahabad High Court judge A K Roopanwal in August.

One-man judicial commission was formed 11 days after Vemula killed himself in his hostel room. Findings are based on the statement of more than 50 people and a majority of whom were university teachers, officers and staff members.

The retired judge met five university students and members of the joint action committee which led the agitation on campus before coming to any such conclusion.

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Another major point that came forward through this finding was that Vemula’s decision to commit suicide was entirely his own and was not influenced by either the university administration or the government.

Rohith’s mother said that she was an adopted child and she don’t know the biological name of her parents so this can be taken as the key point to question as to which caste she belonged to. If Radhika’s foster family did not disclose the names of her biological parents, how they could have revealed their caste to her, Roopanwal asked in the report.

There was a lot of ruckus in parliament and a lot of controversy was created at that point of time. Politicians made the most of this opportunity and even the BSP Supremo Mayawati uttered several things on the dalit issue to get political gains.

Roopanwal questioned Rohith’s caste in detail and the four of the 12 pages on the final findings are dedicated to this. In view of the fact that Vemula was raised by his mother, V Radhika, the report has tried to make things clear whether she belonged to the Mala (read SC) community.

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According to Roopanwal, Radhika claimed to be Mala to support the caste certificate issued to her son. Her claim that her foster parents told her that her biological parents were SC was “improbable and unbelievable,” said the commission.

The inquiry concluded that Vemula’s mother “branded” herself as Mala only because she managed to get the caste certificate from a person named Uppalapati Danamma, then a corporator, with whom she stayed for one and half years. “To me it appears that this caste certificate has no value and that in order to take benefit of Scheduled Caste she (Radhika) anyhow obtained the Mala Caste certificate from the corporator, Uppalapati Danamma in whose house she remained for one and half years,” the report states.