The HRD ministry is vividly shaken by the stormy response to its diktat over central universities as the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student from Central University of Hyderabad, began to spread to other universities, especially JNU in Delhi.
Three students of Jawaharlal Nehru University have begun a hunger strike in solidarity with the protesting students of CUH and former JNU students’ union president, V Lenin Kumar, Shubhanshu Singh and Suchisree launched their indefinite strike on Sunday, demanding “justice for Rohith Vemula”.
Meanwhile, police in Hyderabad took 7 students on hunger strike in UH to hospital to force-feed them and other students have stepped in to continue the protest on the campus despite the HRD ministry’s order for a judicial probe and ex-gratia to Rohith Vemula’s family.
Reports are also abuzz that HRD ministry may see change of guard in a post-budget ministry shuffle with HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and even Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya seeing their roles changed or relegated in the Union cabinet.
Rohith Vemula Committed suicide on Jn. 17, 2016 after he was suspended by the University of Hyderabad under intervention from Union HRD minister Smriti Irani and Union Labour minister Bhandru Dattatreya. Vemula and four other dalit students were involved in a scuffle over ABVP poster in the campus and they were given the fiercest punishment at the behest of BJP-led Central government.