A day after Rohith Vemula, a research scholar at the University of Hyderabad (UoH), committed suicide by hanging himself in his hostel room, tributes have been pouring in for him on social media from friends, classmates, acquaintances and even those who sadly came to know of him through his death.
Rohith was one of the five dalit scholars suspended by the university last year, after he got involved in a verbal clash between two student groups in August last year. He was associated with the Ambedkar Students' Association (ASA).
In a Facebook post, Chittibabu Padavala, a Ph.D scholar with TISS wrote, "Among us, younger generation of Dalit Marxists, Rohith alone is the man of action while most of the rest of us are either taking a break or retired. None ever doubted for a moment that it would be Rohith who would formulate and put to practice the right and effective political paradigm on central universities in Hindutva times. He embodied the rare combination of energy, intellect, principled
"Outrageous and shameful! This is how person's life is treated in this system!," wrote Nikita Mishra, another Facebook user.
Several pages in solidarity with Rohith have also been started on the social networking site.
In Twitter, the mood surrounding the issue has generally been morose with many calling his suicide a "murder" by the system.