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Aftermath of suicide

In India we feel the heat of intolerance and most of the incidence is getting political mileage. As spontaneous protests over the suicide of young research scholar Rohith Vemula continue, the Government is trying to pacify the protesters.  Ms. Irani sought action after leaving poll-bound Assam and that too after sending a two-member fact-finding committee to look into the case. But her Ministry’s clarification has triggered several other questions.  As it emerged that the Ministry had sent five letters, including four reminders following Mr. Dattatreya’s letter dated August 17 last year giving the impression that it had put pressure on the administration to expel the five students, four of whom were sons of agricultural labourers and the Government was following official protocol of acknowledging VIP letters. Curiously, Mr. Dattatreya’s letter to the Ministry had come despite a clean chit given to the students by the university administration. Now the Ministry is mincing words and the minister is trying to pass the buck.

Nickhil Mani

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