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Hyderabad University's 10 Dalit professors resign from their administrative posts to protest against Smriti Irani
Ten professors from the Hyderabad Central University have resigned from their administrative posts to protest against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani's remarks on Dalit student Rohith Vemula's death at a press conference yesterday in New Delhi. According to the reports all the professors who have resigned belong to SC/ST community and have now joined the students in their protests.

Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that Vemula's suicide was being misrepresented with 'malicious intent' as a 'Dalit vs non-Dalit confrontation'. She said, "This is not a dalit versus non-dalit issue as being projected by some to ignite passions.... A malicious attempt is being made to show it as a caste battle which it is not."

She had also informed that the sub-committee of the executive council, formed to take decision to suspend Rohith Vemula and four others, had a Dalit member.

However the professors countered the HRD minister over her statement and said that no Dalit headed the executive council sub-committee, and was headed by only upper caste professors. The teachers also alleged that the minister has 'misled the country'.

They said, "She (Smriti Irani) was deflecting the issue to absolve her of responsibility," as reported by NDTV.

The Suicide has sparked a huge protest across the country. Politicians are also taking interest in the issue. Earlier the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited the university and today Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet the protesting students.

The protesting students have also made five demands, like revocation of suspension of the remaining four students, immediate sacking of Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and action against BJP MLC Ramachandra Rao for their alleged roles in the case. They also demanded judicial probe into the matter and monetary compensation and Government job to Rohith's family.

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Naim Naqvi
There are clear signs that government is skittish and is no mood to tolerate the voice of dissent. The suicide of Rohith is a great presage, a telling fiasco of RSS’ ruse to corner the Dalit vote bank. In fact The demise of Rothith Vemola is going to haunt the RSS strategists for a long time to come. To save their sagging clout they are trying to link the execution of Yaqub Menon with Ambekdar Students Union and it is like the old saying – Ghulel se Fakhta takrana (To hit the sling with dove). People protested against capital punishment in general and the RSS lobby is trying to malign that protest by connecting it with YM. Actually the promised ACHCHE DINS that were promised by RSS and Co never materialized except for some defeated politicians like Arun Jetly and Smriti Irani and some non-entities. Many media creations were propelled to the center stage and got ministerial posts. The rootless phenomena – many unpleasant demagogues of House of RSS / BJP who were given the job of defending the Muscular Cultural Nationalism on TV found berths in cozy palatial government houses. Incompetency of ministers is compelling the Prime Minister to depend more and more upon Babus who know how to squeeze the lime. Nothing comes out of nothingness. There is sense of unease in the nation as the election promises of 2014 have almost collapsed. The economy is in doldrums. GDP figures beggar description. Borders are not secure. Nothing seems to be happening that shows the light at the end of the tunnel.
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