Varun Gandhi says he broke down after reading Rohit Vemula's suicide note
The Sultanpur MP also said that the Constitution didn't discriminate along the lines of caste and religion and there is a need to understand that 37% of Dalits in the country are Below Poverty Line (BPL)
Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha MP and BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Wednesday said that he broke down after going through Hyderabad University Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula's suicide note.
Delivering a lecture on the “Ideas for a new India” conducted by a private school in Delhi, Gandhi said, “Rohit Vemula, a Dalit PhD student from Hyderabad committed suicide last year. When I read his letter, I broke into tears. Rohit wrote that he was taking the extreme step because he had committed the sin of taking birth in such form. This line pained my heart immensely.”
He also raised concerns about the caste discrimination prevalent in India.
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“Seventy per cent kids in a school didn’t eat their lunch under the midday meal scheme for quite some time as the food was cooked by a woman belonging to a weaker section,” the BJP Lok Sabha MP said.
“What are we teaching our kids? After all, where is this country and world heading for?” Gandhi asked.
The Sultanpur MP also said that the Constitution didn't discriminate along the lines of caste and religion and there is a need to understand that 37% of Dalits in the country are Below Poverty Line (BPL).
He also said that 8% Dalit children die before their first birthday.
“Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar had said we don’t need political democracy but social democracy. His thought was way ahead of his time,” Gandhi said.
Rohit's suicide last year had stirred a huge uproar all over India, instigating many Dalit organisations and opposition parties to come to streets seeking "justice" for him.