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Rohith Chose to be an Eternal Star: friend Dontha Prashant at Mumbai Protest, February 1, 2016
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Joint Action Committee Mumbai:
    The Mumbai Students Solidarity Front (MSS) first organised the student protest in Mumbai University on January 19, 2016 demanding justice for Rohith and the other four students who were thrown out of their hostels on false allegations made by the ABVP president of HCU, Susheel Kumar. After the protest a need for a broader alliance was felt. Various Ambedkarite, progressive and democratic organisations from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai came together and formed a front on called "Justice for Rohith - Joint Action Committee, Mumbai" under the guidance of  Prakash Ambedkar (January 22, 2016)...continued
     
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Joint Action Committee, Mumbai:
    Students from IIT-Bombay, Mumbai University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Nirmala Niketan, Siddharth College, Govt Law College, Ruparel College, St. Xavier's college, International Institute of Population Sciences, Vivekananda College, Ambedkar College, and many others are part of the front. Several progressive political forces, cultural groups and local organisations have also joined in...continued
     
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Joint Action Committee, Mumbai:
    It is this front that, in order to take the movement of Justice for Rohith forward and build support for the demands raised by the JAC for Social Justice, HCU, the JAC Mumbai is organizing a protest rally from Byculla to Vidhan Bhavan on February 1, 2016 starting at 11 am. JAC members have campaigned across educational institutions and bastis in the city and suburbs to speak to people of the age-old and recent battles that Rohit was fighting and to call upon them to join the protest rally.  continued
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Core Demands of the Joint Action Committee, Mumbai:
    The core demands of JAC Mumbai are:
    1. Take strong action against Bandaru Dattatreya,  Union Minister of Labour, Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resources Development ( MHRD), P. Appa Rao, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Professor Alok Pandey,  Chief Proctor, Ramchandra Rao,  BJP MLC, Susheel Kumar, and the President of the ABVP under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
     2. Remove, forthwith, P. Appa Rao from the post of Vice Chancellor of HCU...continued
     
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Core Demands of the Joint Action Committee, Mumbai:
    3. Employ a family member of Rohith Vemula’s family at the University of Hyderabad (HCU) administration must and pay his family Rs 50 lakhs as compensation.
    4. Pay the fellowship amount due to Rohith, to his family, immediately.
    5. Drop the false police cases filed against five Dalit research scholars and other students detained by the police immediately and unconditionally.....continued
     
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Core Demands of the Joint Action Committee, Mumbai:
    6. Revoke the suspension against students as also revoke orders ostracizing them or denying them access to institute facilities at HCU immediately and unconditionally.
     7.  Appoint a special public prosecutor in the concerned case of Rohith Vemula...continued
     
     
     
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Core Demands of the Joint Action Committee, Mumbai:
    8. Constitute a judicial enquiry under Justice Ramaswami (with non-MHRD members) into all the existing cases of discrimination of Dalit, Adivasi, OBC, Religious Minority students in all higher educational institutes in India to address issues including physical and mental harassment, atrocity, non-payment of fellowships, the absence of SC/ ST grievance forums.
    The JAC, Mumbai has also demanded that affirmative action policies be implemented in higher education, and these be extended regardless of the management of colleges in the true spirit of the Constitution for making higher education truly inclusive.
     
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
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  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.
    Photo Credits:
  • February 1, 2016
    10,000 students and political activists march in Mumbai to protest the State abetted suicide of Rohith Vemula.
    As his comrade Dontha Prashant interpreting Rohith's last note put it: "Rohith refused to continue life as a victim. He chose instead to be a star."
    An eternal star whom this nation will forget only at its own peril.

    Mumbai Police Response to the Media:
    "We have registered an offence at Azad Maidan police station against the protesters, said joint commissioner of police, law and order, Deven Bharti....""Some of the demands of the protesters included arrest of union ministers and Hyderabad university officials, who, they claimed, were responsible for Vemula's suicide," said an officer.
    "The protesters reached CST around 5.30pm and were there for at least 25 minutes. There is a designated place in Azad Maidan where protests are allowed to be carried, but the crowd wanted to proceed to Vidhan Bhavan in Churchgate, hence they were stopped."
    The officer added that efforts are on to book the protesters and penalise them.
    (This was quoted in the DNA, Mumbai)
     
     
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