Rohith Vemula’s family embraced Buddhism

vemulaThe mother and brother of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide at Hyderabad central University in January, embraced Buddhism on Thursday.

Notably, today is the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Dalit icon and the principal architect of the Indian Constitution.

Rohith’s younger brother Raja Vemula said, “My brother Rohith was a Buddhist at heart although he did not convert. He took his own life as he was discriminated because he was a Dalit. We performed his last rites according to Buddhist traditions, honouring his love for Buddhism.”

Raja Vemula questioned “why doesn’t PM modi make one statement on people responsible for his brother’s death.” Shedding tears is of no use said Raja and demanded Modi to make a statement on VC Appa Rao.

Medaram Jathara

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