Rohith Vemula suicide: BJP should focus on issues thrown up by Dalit scholar's death, not insult his mother Radhika
The latest narrative around Radhika Vemula should be seen in its proper perspective. Radhika, the mother of Rohith Vemula, has acknowledged that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) provided her financial help. In fact, many political parties offered her family financial assistance. But the attempt to paint her as someone paid to speak against the ruling BJP is aimed at maligning the Dalit upsurge over Rohith's death.
A similar strategy has been hatched to malign Dalits in Bhima Koregaon by alleging links with urban Maoists. At a time when Dalit unrest is proving to be costly for the Narendra Modi dispensation, a calculated campaign is underway in mainstream and on social media to dismiss recurring Dalit protests as 'anti-national' or paid acts at the behest of the Opposition. This is nothing but a disservice to the Dalit movement which is a reaction to Hindutva upsurge.