Rohith, a PhD student at the University of Hyderabad committed suicide on January 17, 2016 after controversies over his Dalit activism on campus
Raja Vemula, the 26-year-old aspired to become a Scientist, but the unfortunate death of his brother ‘Rohith Vemula’ changed his life.
Raja acquired his post graduation from Puducherry University and is now driving a goods auto rickshaw between Guntur and Tenali to earn livelihood and meet additional expenses.
“Many people offered me a job, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. But if I take up the job from politicians, I will be forced to toe the line with them, which my brother hated. Now that I am on a mission to seek justice and also spearheading a movement I will try for a job later,” he said.
“The need for money increased as we got involved in hectic travelling addressing rallies and meetings all over the country on the unfortunate incident” Rahul said.
“I am not finding it difficult to work as a driver. I need to stay close to my mother and help her,” he clarified.
Mr. Raja, who did M.Sc in Applied Geology, aspires to become a scientist and he is keen on pursuing his dream.
“My brother’s death came as a bolt from the blue. It will take some time to regain semblance.”
“Before [being] Dalits, we are Indians. The government should realize it. We want equal treatment. We are not fighting for fame, money or power,” he said.
“Right now, we are offering support to Ambedkar Students’ Association which will be established all 13 districts of the State and it will empower Dalits about their rights and responsibilities.”