Indian PhD student Rohith Vemula took his own life on Sunday evening. News of his death and itâ€
Vemula left a heartbreaking suicide note, articulating the hopelessness that he felt which led him to hang himself in a hostel room at Hyderabad Central University in India.
â€œThe value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust. In very field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living,â€ he wrote in his brief letter.
Vemula ended the note by saying, â€œNo one is responsible for my this act of killing myself. No one has instigated me, whether by their acts or by their words to this act. This is my decision and I am the only one responsible for this. Do not trouble my friends and enemies on this after I am gone.â€
Many are saying that Vemulaâ€
Although the decision was later revoked subject to a new inquiry being made by the vice-chancellor, the inquiry was never done and the ruling stuck.
The caste system in India is emblematic of systemic structural inequality. Rohith Vemula was a dalit â€“ the â€˜untouchablesâ€