"Smriti Irani, I am going to send all my children to Parliament to counter you"says Radhika Vemula
"After Rohith Vemula's murder what we have witnessed is a movement getting strength, each Universities have its own leaders, each people's movements have its own leaders...instead of joining any other political party if all of these forces comes together and build a political force that could give a blow back. Irrespective of political inclinations we Dalits should come together and we member of the community should come together and stand for each other whenever it needs. Dalits, Muslims, BCs can really pull out a greater mobilization. Don't believe ever in BJP, but each one of you stand against BJP and fight BJP in the sense of electoral politics then only BJP would be defeated. After my son's institutional murder caste discrimination got exposed world wide, it stirred the conscience of large number of people."- Radhika Vemula
"Smriti Irani how many ministries you change, I am not going to leave you. I'll send all my children to parliament to counter you."Rohith Vemula's mother Radhika Vemula told this on January 17, Rohith Vemula Shahadat Din. The day marked two years after Rohith Vemula's institutional caste murder. It was after almost two years Radhika Vemula could enter the campus and garland her son's memorial at Velivada, Rohit Smaraka Stupa.
Here is the transcription of her powerful speech, which was made in Telugu, translated by Dontha Prashanth, student leader who was suspended and socially boycotted along with Rohith Vemula.
"Last year there was no program allowed to be conducted in the university. But this year it was allowed. There is conspiracy from the administration where they have allowed the police but they have not allowed the media. By not allowing the media they don't want to show the resistance that is happening in the campus. Thus, there is a big conspiracy from the part of administration.
Are we anti nationals or are we killers that VC Appa Rao is sending the police here? I can vouch for the fact in front of anyone that it is Appa Rao Podile who has institutionally murdered my son.
Since I have been travelling across the country, in order to tarnish my image, they had been building up stories that my son is not a Dalit and I am not a Dalit. But it has been two years, they couldn't even establish their claim that Rohith is not a Dalit, and till date the SC certificate is not been cancelled, and also Rohith Vemula was suspended and socially boycotted just because of his caste identity and only after my son's death the university authorities and the government trying to brand Rohith as a non-Dalit, in order to get a stay from the cases which are pending.
I am not a killer like Smriti Irani. But I am a mother. And as a mother, when i had been to Bhima Koregaon, on December 31, 2017 I along with Prakash Ambedkar, Jignesh, Umar Khalid, speaking on Bhima Koregaon, they filed a case upon Jignesh and Umar. They don't dare to file a complaint against me, because I could evoke a stir. They had no guts to reach the Bhima Koregaon memorial. They were attacking from some kilo metres away and were pelting stones on who were coming to Bhima Koregaon. We must be careful against their claim that Radhika Vemula is not a Dalit, by that they are trying to target the entire Dalit movement.
Podile Appa Rao's link with RSS and BJP is evidently exposed when ABVP's Kaluram Palsaniya called Prof. Laxminarayana 'bastard', the University VC has taken no action, while on the other hand he suspended 10-15 students who committed no crime. This itself is self explanatory on how Appa Rao is having ties with BJP and RSS.
In Bhima Koregaon we have seen thousands and thousands of people coming and gathering there, even at Shaniwar Vada there was no space even to stand, people were standing on walls and roads...wherever I go people in large number assembles and be part of the meetings. When I see such kind of support the elders of the movement must be ready to sit and talk of the plans on political realities coming through from all these masses. RSS is piercing its own eye. Previous year four lakhs of people attended, this year eight lakhs assembled at Bhima Koregaon but the way in which they themselves have uploaded the videos of violence has given coverage to Bhima Koregaon what it has done is that it made to reach Bhima Koregaon to an even more large section of people...next time it will galvanize fifteen lakhs of people.
So RSS is in fact assisting us in terms of evoking this kind of conspiracies. Those Dalit faculties supporting Appa Rao for small positions that he offers to them, you are getting a decent salary per month, you can save something with that salary, but I lost even my son, how many long years will you remain slaves under these people? Aren't you Dalits? Ambedkar taught us to live ourselves, not to depend on anyone, not to be a slave to someone, be it faculty, be it politicians. Dalits are living in a depressed state, food, security and even basic entitlements are missing from Dalit livelihood. what Ambedkar had taught us is instead of becoming stooges to these dominant ones, we must emanicipate ourselves.