Rohith Vemula’s brother turns goods auto driver despite being MSc graduate

"If I take up the job from politicians, I will be forced to toe the line with them, which my brother hated," he says

Rohith Vemula’s brother turns goods auto driver despite being MSc graduate

A year after Rohith Vemula, a PhD student at the University of Hyderabad, committed suicide alleging discrimination due to his Dalit background, his 26-year-old brother Raja Vemula has now taken to driving a goods autorickshaw between Guntur and Tenali to earn livelihood and meet additional expenses.

The MSc graduate in Applied Geology wants to become a scientist and he is keen on pursuing his dream, but his brother’s death came as a bolt from the blue.


“Many people offered me a job, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. But if I take up the job from politicians, I will be forced to toe the line with them, which my brother hated. Now that I am on a mission to seek justice and also spearheading a movement I will try for a job later,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. Raja said the need for money increased as he and his mother were involved in hectic travelling addressing rallies and meetings all over the country.

“Before [being] Dalits, we are Indians. The government should realise it. We want equal treatment. We are not fighting for fame, money or power,” he said.

“Right now, we are offering support to the Ambedkar Students’ Association, which will be established all 13 districts of the state, and it will empower Dalits about their rights and responsibilities,” he said.