Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The new you.


Among the new roads to walk on,
new airs to breath in, new clouds to float on,
I saw you in a new you.
I found you as a light-house in a lost ocean,
defeating the waves, I was the lone swimmer,
among your smiles, I was the lone thinker,
among your hair curls, I was the lone survivor,
don't you know ? Well, I never said!


You touched my lips by the air of the city,
the city which has never been mine,
You made me stand by the hope of the paths,
the paths which know the smell of my tears,
You came to me like the sand dunes of desert,
the desert where my dreams were just a mirage,
You came to flow away, and my tears accumulated,
the world didn't even allow my tears to flow, but, you to go.


When you left, it was the ice in my fist which evaporated,
I ran  to you like a child runs to the mother,
I cried for you without tears, perhaps like Devdas did for Paro.
The river doesn't stop flowing for the lovers,
the lovers feel glad to encounter the river.
Perhaps, it is not the life which will see you again,
but, you will appear in my poems from time and again.



Thursday, 21 July 2016

Taste of Thoughts



The dingy lane with an old friendly fragrance
takes me to an unfamiliar known arena of thoughts,
where seemingly justice smiles,
where love cries with a voice,
where smiles are smiles built with nothing but, feelings,
where the warm palm of a close friend comforts the heart,
where ideas drench in rain, and tears hide behind it,
where a sip of coffee with a gentle smile can wash away time,
where mathematically care is not evaluated,
where genuine is genuine but, 'where' is only a dream.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

What CLAT taught me

As an introduction, let me brief you regarding CLAT before the actual cry (Skip it, if you know enough about it).CLAT was born when a student approached Supreme Court appealing for conducting a common entrance exam to the separate NLUs spread all across the nation, to reduce the hassles involved in taking separate exams, where dates used to clash creating an unjust procedure. Presently, Common Law Admission Test is used for admission in 17 different National Law Universities spread across the length and breadth of my country. With English, General Knowledge, Maths, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning it creates a solid cocktail, often making it indigestible. You can take it after class 12 or if you're appearing for class 12. 'Rajnikant People' make it to NLUs after studying simultaneously for class 12 and CLAT, and acing both, eventually. However, students even take a drop to take that extra jump which is needed to crack the exam.

In my case, I had to take a drop of 1 year, which has been truly a learning experience.

When you travel for too long, the journey becomes much more valuable than the goal and after reaching the goal you feel if you could travel the same path again, it would be a comfort for the heart and you would get an opportunity to learn the things which you missed.        

Taking a drop was comparatively easier for me, probably because, I don't allow myself to get swayed away by general public perceptions and I am not affected by the illogical assertion of opinions. I feel better when I follow my own set guidelines and principles, which are constructed on the logical and moral grounds. Initially, after the CLAT 2015 results were out, I was somewhat caught on the horns of dilemma, deciding the course of action, then the voice which came straight from my heart said -

Don't change your goal, if you are unable to reach it, change your way of reaching the goal which will surely help you to reach the goal.

-And the course of action was decided-

It is easier to conquer the goal when you have one goal, multiple goals at the same field initially, demeans each other and ultimately, makes almost impossible to conquer any of them. In a football field if you have four goals, instead of two, making 2 goal posts for each team, then it is obvious that the players will get confused where to hit it, maybe one will take the ball with the aim in mind to hit it in goal 1 , and as he will pass it to another player, he will take it to goal 2 with an aim in mind to hit it in goal 2, because he doesn't know what is going in the mind of the first player. This is so obvious, right ? So, the same thing can be applied in life. See football teaches you many things.

When you are not eligible to have the goal, and you polish yourself to make yourself eligible for the goal then, you have to face, what I term as, 'Positive friction in disguise'. When something is polished then that thing is rubbed rigorously, which is apparently a painful rub, but is it so in actual ? It transforms you and helps you to reach the next best level so, I call it 'Positive friction in disguise'. The candidates who are able to survive this 'Positive friction in disguise' process are shortlisted for the next level.   

The people's psychology remain same in any part of this world (for me India is the world here), be it a remote area, a town, a city or any metropolitan city, the location doesn't actual matter when it comes to "Human behaviour and psychology". The habit of observation and drawing a broad conclusion from it, helped me to add certain more theories under "Human behaviour and psychology" in my mind. No matter what you do, no matter where are you, no matter how hard you work, there will be people who will give certificates to people on the basis of  how they talk, how they communicate, how they interact, where from they belong, where they have studied, what percentage they have got and many futile idiotic grounds. However, every people will have a side, undiscovered, overlooked, the humane side.

Your journey may be long, you may feel at times that you are walking all alone, you may even sense as if, you have taken a less travelled path as you will be isolated at times. These happens when you look outward, but, once you start looking inward, you will feel there are so many things to do and learn, the soul is still with you, your conscience is breathing, your intellect is beating, your heart is pounding, your goal is calling you, you will be back to work, you have so may co-travellers, not walking with you but, walking in you.



When you are thrown with a time frame, by which you have to reach your goal, whatever be the time period, it will still seem to be less to you. With each passing day, you will realise that time is running amazingly swift. Time is running in the same manner, but, when you have a determined goal, even the pace of time is forced to change in your mind. Theory of relativity, physics helps in life, you see. 

"An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour"

Time is brutal, time is benevolent, time is fast, time is slow, you will realise, time will come to you in different costumes. And in this sea of time, at times, you will feel like giving up, giving up because, you see the results which are discouraging you to continue and achieve the goal, you take the tests as final and you start taking the results of the tests as the mirror of your goal, which is again a 'deceiving mirror'. Don't believe in the mirror. Believe in the Banyan tree which is giving you the shade, your mentor, it is the Banyan tree which is pouring its roots so that you can climb to the next level, when you are tired it will give you shade, when it rains it will protect you at its best and when you need support, you can lean on it and receive the comfort. Respect your Banyan tree. 

And eventually, you will reach the goal or if not, you will at least come closer to the goal, you will be a different man altogether. And  And  And   

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in woods, and I 
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
                                                          
                                                          -Robert Frost





PS: I generally do not boast about what philosophies I have and what learnings I have gathered and believe in, but, I thought I must blog on this learning which, for me is very special. Pardon me if this offended you in any way.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Voices

Rays call the rising pebble,
to shine all the way and roll
not to stop, but to go and go,
all long the way down the woods,
to not settle, but to fly,
despite the contradictions by your pals,
 rise and rise to beat the characteristics,
and establish your terms
beating the equilibrium.


Snows call the leaves,
to shed not to be lost,
but to rise from the cause,
to float on the air,
to go through the thin air,
making dances ups and downs,
to lie on the summit,
and flow from the origin to the origin,
only to gather some flakes over and under.


Silver lights call the droplets,
to waive nicely, to reflect
it translucently, and glorify it
yet again, move to touch,
move to touch the dust of sand,
which will dissolve you but not reflect me,
will remain in the veins,
even if not being reflected,
that is my droplet will be the proud moment.


Winds call the dusts,
to fly nicely, as when it will,
dusts will fly in the name of winds,
the particle in the eye will be dust though,
but, the heart of it will say the wind is alive,
the dust though will be in the floor of your dine,
but the wind will be the driving force behind the particle,
so fly, so fly, waive and go, it is I who will lift you and shift you,
the improvement, the changes, be the catalyst be wind of you. 

The Game Plan

When the nights seem longer,
without a slightest of other reason than,
because it runs with the pace of hunger,
the morning brings peace with a toiling plate of grains,
These sums up to the opportunity for a demagogue,
equally hungry and starving for decades.

When the self-concerned man calculates the market's product,
with a shaky hand, shouts aloud, debates at the evening table,
Forms opinion with a weak point, and at night,
plans the next day's survival,
he must be provoked by my imaginative mirage,
which holds the power of breaking bangles and erasing many pigments of hope.

Let me rise through all these difficulties,
to satisfy the hunger of my seniors,
let me kill 2 Ants to save 1 Elephant,
one, which can give me a platform to provoke the ants.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Memories



The long gone days of the sweet fog,
when comes, coupled with sunrise,
it breaks the clamour of silence-
into some thousands of pieces of diamonds,
I run to collect every piece,
like an insane, hungry for freedom,
I run right, I run left, I run all around to pick them up,
in a hope to store them in an album of my heart,
the diamond appears, covered with dust,
the spark peeps out and calls for my heart,
I try to grab it like a tiger's paw on a deer,
the hand sinks in the sand only to find some corpse of hope,
the world by then was laughing at this insane,
the invisible gods were not visible,
and the science termed it as some optical illusion like a mirage. 


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Yet again, they tried to define 'Anti-National' without rationality

Nowadays, it is actually sad to see that, general people, mostly common youths  are getting influenced by dirty politics and are speaking in the same voice with the Fake patriotic politicians who have a habit of saying after each and every statement "you are an anti-national", "you go to Pakistan " , "you are bhakt", "you are anti-modi", "you are pro-modi" etc. (I am not endorsing any political 
party).

                                                       I disregard what you say but I will die to defend your right to say.

So, what is Anti-national?

Uttering only violent slogans (unless it falls under sedition as per the SC verdict) doesn't result in any crime and falls under the ambit of freedom of speech and expression  guaranteed under the Constitution of India. If you are telling someone "Anti-national", I assume (though it might not be a correct  assumption technically) you consider yourself as a pro-national and following the interest of nation  without doing any act which is against the nation's interest and against the law of the land (Nation). And so, I believe that you follow and respect the Constitution of India, Indian Penal Code and also the Supreme Court of India. Supreme Court of India in Kedarnath vs the State of Bihar, basically said, a mere utterance of Violent slogans doesn't amount to sedition and it comes within the ambit of Freedom of Speech and Expression guaranteed under article 19(1)  (read this blog for details: https://indconlawphil.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/what-is-sedition-i-the-kedar-nath-singh-case/). And so uttering violent slogans is not a crime under IPC, it is a right under Consitution and as per the Supreme Court Verdict. So, ironically, by regarding a person as anti-national for raising such slogans, you are yourself going against this machinery of the state and despite so you call others as anti-national. 




And now let's come to "Pakistan Zindabad". So-called Patriotic (or may be pseudo- patriotic, I am no one to decide) people said raising Pakistan Zindabad slogan is anti-national and they were extremely hurt by this to my amazement. Let me tell you, India is an exceptional country and it is not every day that a nation like India is formed. India is not only a country, which has boundaries and can be defined by geographic territorial limits and locations. The word India comes from the river Indus, it signifies the prominent civilization in this world, it includes cultures, traditions, knowledge, principles which are the base of India. And so, I believe pro-national people who regard others as anti-national will follow these principles of India. India has a big heart and so from the ancient time India believes in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means "the world is one family", and hence as per this principle we consider everyone in this world as part of our family, be it Pakistanis, Americans, Africans, Russians etc. And as a family, we can wish for the well-being of our brothers and sisters. Which means we can wish for the development, we can extend support to our brothers and sisters for noble causes even if they are non-Indians, and we can even express this wish in a form of a slogan. And so, yet again, it is ironical that people who disapprove "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan and regard it as a sin are the ones who actually violates the principle of India (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) and are calling others as anti-nationals. 


Coming to JNU - no need to overlook Jadavpur 

University, the origin of this word can be traced to Latin Universitas, which means 'the whole', University in its actual sense is Universal, which can't be reduced to a Nation, a Culture, a tradition, a tribe. People from all over the world can study in same University and have every right to have ideological differences with each other. University's reach has to be universal and its audience humanity, mankind, justice. A university is a stage where you can have ideological clashes, debates, presentation of views and opinions and this is how a human mind develops with a completely different and strong meaning. The idea of nationalism is itself contrary to the idea of  a university. The renowned universities of the past like Taxila, Nalanda were free from such shackles of nationalism, and sentiments and laws. The best contemporary examples would be universities like Havard, Cambridge, Oxford which host several students from all over the world, from different states which may be at war with each other and sometimes even with the nations of the university's own location. 

We have a habit of comparing with the west in each and everything, we start saying had this type of things being happened there these scoundrels wouldn't have been roaming freely and all such things. Imagine the students raising anti-American slogans in all the major American Universities  during the Vietnam war and as a matter of fact, these were not Vietnamese students. Many such conflicts sometimes divide the Universities' campuses in America but still the campus is allowed to thrive in co-existence of diverse opinions. 


Even in times of the Colonial Era, students raised slogans against the British Government (though in this case the Govt is foreign) in the campuses but they were not charged with sedition, in some extreme cases, some disciplinary actions were being taken by the University. Universities need to respect the environment where a free political debate can take place (that doesn't mean supporting violence or encouraging or being a mute spectator).



In JNU, there are students from different places, and this is of a major significance and can't be overlooked. There are students from Kashmir too, who may have a grievance against the Indian state and who may not have accepted India as their nationality. 


Afzal was regarded as Martyr and there can be a possible reason to this. Probably some people may consider Afzal as a martyr. For instance, if you see a bus from the front and if you see the bus from the side you will get different views, and so the dimension matters. Maybe from some other dimension Afzal has been regarded as a Martyr. Some Kashmiri may consider him as Martyr- fighting for the Independence of Kashmir just as Tibetans are fighting against China and we fought against the British and Bangladesh against Pakistan.  What makes a university unique is like United Nations it allows voices to be raised too.


And it is ridiculous to see that the protest was followed in Jadavpur with the slogan of demanding Azadi, just like blind followers they followed. This incident has already been messed up by the politicians. And the arrest of Kanhaiya is clearly not reasonable here.  Arresting anyone randomly can't be justified.There should have been a proper investigation before any arrest and though most likely this is not a sedition then also the court will give its final say.  In  universities, they should be allowed to raise their voice but if any violence is taken off then the university must intervene to take a strict action. 


By Arghya Samaddar


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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

When the bastard died

I heard the bastard is dead,
Maybe a consequence of public outrage,
They offered prayer for the bloodshed,
And they were branded as 'Goons & Deads'.

The Poll-eat-cians flocked with a sack & a rope,
To bag the thousand of votes,
And, did what they always do the best.

People roamed with certificates of 'Anti-Nationals',
To tag it on the rationalists and intellectuals.

After this, the Poll-eat-cians were bored,
And they thought, why not to play with students' sword,
 Then they took the 'Pakistan Zindabad' opportunity,
to mess the nation's unity.

They flocked where they saw profits,
with their false and malicious outfits.
Some failed to differentiate between dissent and treason, 
Only to justify 'Bharat ki Barbadi' as freedom of expression. 

By Arghya Samaddar

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Rohith Vemula's Suicide - Casteism and Rohit-ization of the issue


'The plant turned pale, gave her body to the earth, the soul wandered around the body , the body was lying all alone, the soul found the body to be a weed , the rose smiled at the body , the gardener came with his water pot and approached towards the rose plant by stamping the weed '

Sometimes the thought comes in my head that the society is acting like a garden where we have categorized some plants as 'weed' , some as 'productive' and some may be, as a mere 'show-piece', which are kept only because they produce beautiful, stunning, flower, with amazing fragrance, needless to say, or else it would have no value like the weeds. I wonder if we care about only human souls or we even try to think about something like animal's souls or plant's souls. Assuming we have that time to think about all these, I am curious to know what the soul of a weed and soul of a rose would say after exiting their body? It is the body which we appreciate, it is the body's capability to produce something which gives the body its value, then what about the soul?

I may not be a so-called 'intellectual' to even attempt to answer these questions, and so I leave them to you people, the society.

The habit of labeling someone as 'low-caste' or 'high-caste' has been injected into our soul through our narrow mindset by our parents, grand-parents or may be politicians. When any incident happens the media, the politicians and also the public tries to find a 'caste' angle in it.However, fortunately, or maybe for some people, unfortunately, I don't find any 'caste angle' in this case. Before concluding anything let's get into the soul of the case and find out what actually happened.

Courtesy: Google Search Engine


Rohith Chakravarti Vemula was an Indian Ph.D. student at the University of Hyderabad who quitted his life on 17th January 2016, which freed his soul from his body and worldly pleasures. He was expelled from the hostel by the authorities and after that he was staying in a room of one Umma Anna, he committed the suicide on there only. The story had begun in July 2015, 30 members of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) beat Nandanam Shusheel Kumar, Rohith's fellowship was denied, he was expelled from the hostel along with 5 other members of ABVP. We would try to work out the links between this events and establish a clear ground. Before that, it is very important to understand about the  roots and the small events which led to all these. I would request your patience and attention before presenting the events and related stories behind them 
Rohit Vemula
Courtesy: Google Search Engine

First of All, we will go through the suicide note of Rohit. 

"The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of stardust. In very field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living.

I am writing this kind of letter for the first time. My first time of a final letter. Forgive me if I fail to make sense. Maybe I was wrong, all the while, in understanding world. In understanding love, pain, life, death. There was no urgency. But I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past. I am not hurt at this moment. I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That's pathetic. And that's why I am doing this." -Suicide Note of Rohith
Good morning,

I would not be around when you read this letter. Don't get angry on me. I know some of you truly cared for me, loved me and treated me very well. I have no complaints on anyone. It was always with myself I had problems. I feel a growing gap between my soul and my body. And I have become a monster. I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan. At last, this is the only letter I am getting to write.I loved science, stars, nature, but then I loved people without knowing that people have long since divorced from nature. Our feelings are second handed. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs coloured. Our originality valid through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love without getting hurt.
The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of stardust. In very field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living.
I am writing this kind of letter for the first time. My first time of a final letter. Forgive me if I fail to make sense.
May be I was wrong, all the while, in understanding world. In understanding love, pain, life, death. There was no urgency. But I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past.
I am not hurt at this moment. I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That's pathetic. And that's why I am doing this.
People may dub me as a coward. And selfish, or stupid once I am gone. I am not bothered about what I am called. I don't believe in after-death stories, ghosts, or spirits. If there is anything at all I believe, I believe that I can travel to the stars. And know about the other worlds.
If you, who is reading this letter can do anything for me, I have to get seven months of my fellowship, one lakh and seventy five thousand rupees. Please see to it that my family is paid that. I have to give some 40 thousand to Ramji. He never asked them back. But please pay that to him from that.
Let my funeral be silent and smooth. Behave like I just appeared and gone. Do not shed tears for me. Know that I am happy dead than being alive.
"From shadows to the stars."
Uma anna, sorry for using your room for this thing.
To ASA family, sorry for disappointing all of you. You loved me very much. I wish all the very best for the future.
For one last time,
Jai Bheem
I forgot to write the formalities. No one is responsible for my this act of killing myself.
No one has instigated me, whether by their acts or by their words to this act.
This is my decision and I am the only one responsible for this.
Do not trouble my friends and enemies on this after I am gone.

The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of stardust. In very field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living.I am writing this kind of letter for the first time. My first time of a final letter. Forgive me if I fail to make sense.May be I was wrong, all the while, in understanding world. In understanding love, pain, life, death. There was no urgency. But I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past.I am not hurt at this moment. I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That's pathetic. And that's why I am doing this.People may dub me as a coward. And selfish, or stupid once I am gone. I am not bothered about what I am called. I don't believe in after-death stories, ghosts, or spirits. If there is anything at all I believe, I believe that I can travel to the stars. And know about the other worlds.If you, who is reading this letter can do anything for me, I have to get seven months of my fellowship, one lakh and seventy five thousand rupees. Please see to it that my family is paid that. I have to give some 40 thousand to Ramji. He never asked them back. But please pay that to him from that.Let my funeral be silent and smooth. Behave like I just appeared and gone. Do not shed tears for me. Know that I am happy dead than being alive."From shadows to the stars."Uma anna, sorry for using your room for this thing.To ASA family, sorry for disappointing all of you. You loved me very much. I wish all the very best for the future.For one last time,Jai BheemI forgot to write the formalities. No one is responsible for my this act of killing myself.No one has instigated me, whether by their acts or by their words to this act.This is my decision and I am the only one responsible for this.Do not trouble my friends and enemies on this after I am gone.
Courtesy: IBN Live

Series of Events:


  • Yakub Memon was hanged on 30th July 2015
  • On 02nd August ASA (Ambedkar Student's Association) offered namaz against the hanging
  • ABVP felt annoyed and Leader of ABVP Susheel Kumar terms this as 'anti-national' and also called them as 'goons' and thought of having a protest on 04th August against this acts of ASA.
                                                                      

  • On 03rd August, 30 ASA members went to the room of Susheel Kumar and beat him, among them he identified Vijay Kumar to kick in his stomach (as claimed by Susheel Kumar) (Rohith Vemula was also among the ASA members) 
  • On Aug 04  the University's General Secretary has complained about this incident to the University Proctorial Board.
  • On 4th, Aug Susheel Kumar admitted himself in Archana Hospital
  • On 5th, Aug University Of Hyderabad (UoH) constituted a probe committee.
  • On 12th. Aug Proctorial Board of the University found no evidence to prove Susheel Kumar's allegations as true. (Report 1 of Proctorial Board)
  • On 17th August Bandaru Dattatreya writes a letter to MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) - says UoH is a den of casteist and anti-nationals
  • September 03 MHRD e-mailed UoH - please respond to VIP complaint
  • September 09 Proctorial Board reverses the decision and suspended 5 Ph.D. students, Dontha Prasanth, Rohit Vemula, Vijay Kumar, Sheshaiah Chemudugunta and Velpula Sunkanna  (Report 2)
                                                                            

  •   ASA started protest
  • Suspension temporarily revoked by the then VC (Prof. RP Sharma, now, the VC is Appa Rao Podile)
  • 4 letters as reminder from MHRD to UoH on September 24, October 06, 20 & November 19
  • December 17- the 5 students suspended by the new VC (Appa Rao Podile)
  • January 17, 2016 - One of the suspended scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide 

The Mystery and the Controversial Story:

After Rohith Vemula's suicide, it is really sad to see that politicians are flocking into the university, not as a human or a responsible citizen but as a congress spokesperson or an AAP spokesperson. They are trying hard to pour the colour of caste on the paper and accuse other parties of being oppressive to that caste. No doubt, elections are coming and politicians are in no way interested in wasting this opportunity, upcoming elections in Pondicherry, Assam,  Tamil Nadu,West Bengal, next year Punjab etc. Though the probe has highlighted that Rohith didn't belong to Dalit background and the certificate was forged, it should not be our concern as being Dalit or Non-Dalit is not going to make the partiality (If any) justify. 

Some people are trying to justify Rohith's suicide by telling that he was anti-national as he supported Yakub Memon, however, I would like to say to them in democracy and in a free society you have every right to support a convict if you feel that some injustice has been done to him. If you think that the verdict of the SC is unfair, and not correct then you have every right to voice your opinion, that shouldn't be a justification for anyone's suicide. And if ASA has offered namaz then what is wrong? If today someone pray for someone who is a victim of injustice as per him, then that shouldn't be wrong. 

To this acts of ASA, Susheel Kumar, leader of ABVP, an RSS youth wing, called ASA members as 'goons' and decided to have a protest against their activity. Even Susheel Kumar has similar right to voice his opinion and so, till now nothing is wrong.

ASA students, around 30 of them  attacked Susheel Kumar and beat him for calling them as goons on 03rd August. Which is clearly an illegal act to be done. Next day Susheel Kumar admitted himself in the Hospital, Archana Hospital. after the attack. 


He was diagnosed with "Blunt trauma abdomen with acute appendicitis", in the history of present illness they have also recorded contusion on the left shoulder. which is not exactly strengthening Susheel Kumar's allegation. 

After the complaint, a probe committee was set up on 5th August which failed to find any evidence to prove Susheel's allegations (REPORT 1).

After that it has been said and reported, Susheel Kumar wrote a letter regarding this to Ramachandra Rao, BJP MLC. Ramchandra Rao latter visited the then VC, Prof RP Sharma insisting an action. And then Ramachandra Rao he wrote a letter to Bandaru Dattatreya  Minister of Labour and Employment,who wrote a letter to Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) Smriti Zubin Irani regarding this issue. 
Letter from Bandaro Dattatreya to MHRD Smriti Zubin Irani (17.08.2015)
On 12th August Proctorial Board of University of Hyderabad let off the ASA members because there was no evidence to proof Sushil Kumar, leader of ABVP 's allegations but, even after that, politicians started to intevene in the University's matter, which is really unfortunate. Most likely to create a pressure on the Uuniversity and to reverse the decision of the proctrial board this things has been done. 

After receiving Bandaru Dattareya's letter, on 3rd September MHRD e-mailed to UoH to respond to the 'VIP' complaint of Bandaru Dattatreya. 
MHRD e-mailed to UoH
Amazingly, on 9th september the protorial board changed its decision and suspended 5 students (REPORT 2). Susheel Kumar claimed that 30 students were involved in the attack but only 5 were suspended and incidentally all 5 were so called 'Dalit' officially. 

The question raised here is how can a letter from MHRD let the proctorial board reverse its decision and susupend the students going against the Report 1. There is a clear political pressure on the University's authority and in no way the issue is about caste, the whole issue is about the politcal intervention and needless to say, the game of politics. 

After the suspension of the 5 scholars, the ASA members started protesting against the suspension. Later, to this, the suspension was revoked temporarily by the then VC.

After the revocation again there was a political intervention for this revocation and 4 letters were sent to the UoH to implement the suspension on September 24, October 06, 20 & November 19.
October 20 letter from MHRD to UoH

  
November 19 letter from MHRD to UoH
After receiving 4 letters the new VC suspended the 5 students on 17th December. 
And after the suspension, Rohith Vemula wrote a letter to the VC expressing his anguish.
December 18 letter to the VC from Rohith Vemula

And then after almost a month, on January 17th Rohith Chakravarti Vemula ended his life. 
Now it is upto to us to decide and do justice  to his soul. Don't even try to bring caste in this issue, if you bring then only and only politicians will gain from it , Rohith can't gain justice from it. If you want, then protest for this type of political intervention and pressure, question why the Report 1 and 2 of the proctorial  board are contradicting each other, question what made them change the decision, question these. 
Jai Bhim ! 

By Arghya Samaddar












Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Mr. Vemula's Death Bed


Now few days ago, a guy, Rohith Vemula, a Ph.D. scholar of Hyderabad university committed suicide, now politicians don't want to miss this chance of playing politics, indeed, it is an art to politicize every issue under the sun.
We have many reactions to this suicide, some are shocked & demand justice, some are happy, may be because a violent supporter of Owasi died, some are not affected & feels it should not be highlighted much, unnecessarily and some don't know.
However, I am not concerned about Rohith Vemula's caste or, what opinion he used to hold regarding Yakub's death penalty or, he was a pacifist or belligerent or a warmonger. A person, as I believe, in my country, the country which I have known since my birth, India, has every right to hold his' or her's opinion, even if that opinion is about supporting a convicted person, reasonably & rationally, without mala fide and/or against public policy. I am not even concerned about his likings, his character, his aim (as some said: he wanted a grand protest to shake up India).
I am concerned about the fact that a Ph.D. scholar, a future of India killed himself, the problem I am concerned is not about who killed him ? Because, it is stupid to say "No one killed Rohith" when we know it is a clear suicide, with a nice thought process (reflected in his suicide note). The problem is 'suicide', yes 'suicide'. This problem needs to be addressed.
About 80,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 1,35,00(17%) are residents of India [Suicide prevention (SUPRE) World Health Organization (2012)], a nation with 17.5% of world population.
Between 1987 to 2007 the suicide rates increased with higher suicide rate in southern and eastern states of India, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had the highest suicide rate. Interestingly, the male to female suicide ratio has been about 2:1.
Let's focus on the causes, in 2014, the highest number of people committed suicide due to family problems. In India, about 46,000 suicides occurred each in 15-29 and 30-44 age groups in 2012 - or about 34% each of all suicides
It's completely up to us, what we want to do? Politicize the issue? or address the most important issue in the story? It is easy to say that the person is himself responsible for his death and no one on this earth should be blamed and so we should not bother ourselves much with such personal issues. Every suicide has some cause, and every cause is in some way or the other related to the society, we as a civilized society need to think that what went wrong in our system that such educated, qualified future of our country are killing themselves (80% of the suicide victims were literate, higher than the national average literacy rate of 74%). It is our failure, and I wish to take the responsibility of the failure instead of trying to justify the act of suicide.
Sources of Statistical Data: Suicide prevention (SUPRE) World Health Organization (2012), Suicides in India The Registrar General of India, Government of India (2012), ADSI 2012 Annual Report Glossary, Government of India
By Arghya Samaddar