PM Narenrda Modi Breaks Silence on Dalit Student Suicide
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- January 23, 2016, 12:43 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish and pain over the suicide of Hyderabad Central University research scholar Rohit Vemula. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed his death as a "loss to Mother India". Mr. Modi comments in Lucknow on Friday, at the convocation ceremony of Ambedkar University, were specific enough to mention Rohith’s name, but ambiguous enough about laying blame. Political opponents like the Congress questioned the Prime Minister’s words. “BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao questions Rohith’s Scheduled Caste status, Smt Irani justifies suspension of PhD students, Modiji says I am pained. What is true?” said All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Randeep Surjewala.
The Prime Minister also recalled the contributions of Dr BR Ambedkar, saying he did a lot for the nation. He said, “Ambedkar has lived and died for the country”. “Dr Ambedkar did a lot for the nation but one thing he was particular about was education, “said the Prime Minister, adding,”Look at Dr Ambedkar’s life, he faced several obstacles, even insults. But he had the strength and faced obstacles. The intention behind the Prime Minister’s words had been to douse tempers and take the sting out of the nation wide protests that taken place after Vemula’s death, or at the very least, convey to the BJP itself that it was digging itself deeper rather than out.