On Friday, on the fourth death anniversary of Hyderabad Central University research scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide due to the alleged caste discrimination and oppression, his mother- Radhika Vemula, announced launch of “Mother for Nation Yatra”, a campaign for social justice and protection of the basic principles of the Constitution of India by opposing Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
A meeting to pay tributes to Rohit Vemula was organized in Hyderabad by ‘We the People by Citizens against NRC-CAA-NPR’, a nationwide platform.
On January 17, 2016, Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar, had committed suicide allegedly after facing caste- discrimination in the University of Hyderabad. The 26-year-old PhD student was found hanging in his hostel room.
In the “Mother for Nation Yatra”, Radhika Vemula will be joined by mothers of Payal Tadavi and Najeeb Ahmed.
Payal Tadvai was a medical student of Mumbai who committed suicide in May last year following caste discrimination by her seniors while Najeeb Ahmed, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is missing since October 2016.
Recalling the suicide note of Vemula, Radhika said her son had said four years ago that a citizen was reduced to a vote and a number. “Today, things have become even worse, they are trying to exclude people even from getting a vote and a number,” she said.
“Now, we have decided not to let our sons and daughter die and to see that we shall not lose our nation as well. We will oppose the CAA-NRC-NPR as mothers who have lost our children to injustice and oppression,” she added.
Referring to the ongoing protests at JNU and Jamia Millia against CAA, NRC and NPR, Radhika said, “My blood is boiling again. Let Modi and Shah prove first as to where they have come from. They are Aryans, whose ancestors invaded India. They should first prove their citizenship,” she said.
She accused the Modi government of turning India into a Hindu Rashtra by implementing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Noted social activist and politician Yogendra Yadav attended the event as chief guest. “What the country needs today is not NRC. We urgently need NRU – National Register of Unemployment”, he said.