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Smriti Irani versus lies and truth

After Rohith Vemula’s mother’s explanation to media, #Kyunkismritilierhai was trending on twitter and netizens criticised about her lies in parliament.  Vemula’s family and friends too attacked Irani, calling her speech in Parliament on the research scholar’s suicide a set of “absolute lies”. Smriti Irani is lying and diverting the issue. Rohith didn’t get any stipend for seven months. Letters that were forwarded from HRD Ministry indicated that students were branded as ‘anti-national and extremists’. Rohith’s mother demanded an explanation from her as how her son became ‘anti-national and extremist’.

Addressing the event in Lucknow, PM Modi had said India has lost her son. To counter that, Rohith’s mother wants to ask him, if India has lost her son, same son was branded as anti-national, same son was branded as extremist by your Cabinet Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, what action has PM Modi taken against him? Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Smriti Irani had said that the Opposition was trying to politicise Rohith’s suicide and claimed that doctors were not allowed to revive the student when his body was first located hanging from the ceiling inside the hostel room of Hyderabad University on January 17.

This is how politics was played on this child and his dead body. Nobody allowed a doctor near him. The police have reported. Not one attempt was made to revive this child. No attempt was made to take him to a doctor. Instead his body was used as a political tool. Her speech was just a malicious intent to distort the entire incident, because the BJP is seemingly troubled by the questions being put forward to them. Police is not competent enough to determine the caste of anyone. The University of Hyderabad, Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao during the November 27 meeting was appointed by Smriti Irani.

There was no SC/ST members present among those 11 members’ panel. Police Commissioner clearly stated that there was no violence. Rohith’s mother is a Scheduled Caste woman, grandmother of Rohith who adopted his mother also belongs to the same caste. A letter was written directly to Appa Rao to look into the matter, which was referred by Minister Bandaru Dattatreya personally. However, they were shunted out from January 4 to January 17 and there were no dialogues with the students sleeping outside the hostel.

The video, which was circulated on Facebook showing that police was present in the room where Rohith died and his body was kept aside there, to this Rohith’s friend said, “This is not a serial, this is a real life. Bring out the facts, don’t fabricate them.”

Rohith, 26, hung himself at the Hyderabad Central University on January 17, days after he was banned from the hostel and other common areas on the campus for allegedly attacking a member of the BJP’s student union ABVP. His supporters and opposition parties allege that he was a victim of caste discrimination and that Smriti Irani and another union minister Bandaru Dattatreya forced the university to punish Rohith. The family cited the comments of Rajasree Malpath, the doctor who declared Rohith dead. Doctor said she examined his pulse and blood pressure, despite knowing he is probably dead. There was no pulse or blood pressure. His body was cold, stiff and rigid. His tongue was protruding and rigour mortis had set in.

The family also accused the minister of deliberately not talking about a letter that Rohith had written to the university days before his suicide, in which he had alleged discrimination and asked for “poison”. He served notice to the Vice Chancellor saying ‘I’m going to commit suicide’. Smriti Irani never brought out this letter. Why is she hiding this letter? Why he was hauling with half-truth?

Raja Vemula also rubbished reports that Rohith was not a Dalit. He was born as a Dalit, raised as a Dalit, I suffered discrimination as a Dalit and now there are doubts being raised on whether Rohith was Dalit. His grandmother also testified and died after all the pressure that was imposed on her.

Actress-turned-politician Smriti Irani grabbed all headlines with her skillful, contemptuous counter-attack against the Opposition in the Parliament. Her stature in the party has grown in an extraordinary manner. Irani is leading the campaign of BJP to expose the Left and Congress for supporting ‘anti-national’ forces. Her speech in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha was celebrated by BJP supporters throughout the nation. The social media was buzzed up in her favour, with people expressing support to the stand taken by Irani on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) controversy and ‘Rohith Vemula’s suicide, but on the other hand she was mercilessly exposed by Vemula’s family. Let’s see, how and when this debate is going to conclude.


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Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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