Three Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU) students started an indefinite hunger strike to pressure the Centre into taking action against Union ministers Bandaru Dattatreya, Smriti Irani and University of Hyderabad vice-chancellor Appa Rao Podile for allegedly abetting the suicide of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
The crisis at the University of Hyderabad intensified on Friday after protesters rejected the lifting of suspension on four students and refused to end their strike until the vice-chancellor quits over the suicide by Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led ruling dispensation at the Centre losing the plot? Barely twenty months after they catapulted Narendra Modi to power in New Delhi, students and the youth are agitating against the NDA government in different campuses across the country. Some of these protests may be politically or ideologically driven, as the ruling party leaders would have us believe, but their increasing frequency raises several questions.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to visit the University of Hyderabad on Thursday to meet the students after the suicide of the Dalit scholar who was expelled from the university following a tussle with students affiliated with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
It was in August last year that Bandaru Dattatreya wrote a letter to human resources development minister Smriti Irani that University of Hyderabad has become a “den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics”.
Donald Trump has hit back at Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for being “very weak” on immigration, a day after she took a jab at the Republican presidential front-runner over the issue. Trump also took a swipe at her for asking campaign contributions from him.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday told Delhi High Court that the defamation suit filed by union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him and five other AAP leaders was a classic instance of “political vendetta” against them for speaking up against the “malaise of corruption” in the DDCA.