On 15th of March the students and activists of Jadavpur University walked under a common banner to protest against the institutional killing of Rajini Krish

On 15th of March the students and activists of Jadavpur University walked under a common banner to protest against the institutional killing of Rajini Krish, a Dalit MPhill scholar from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Rajini’s death coming only about a year after the suicide of Rohith Vemula, who was a PhD scholar at the Hyderabad Central University and an activist of the Ambedkar Students Association, is alarming if not shocking. The BJP ruled state is explicitly imposing Brahminical caste binaries in the academic institutions and its hostility towards the Dalits and the other backward castes is becoming more and more pronounced.
This incident is reminiscent of Chuni Kotal, the first woman to graduate from the de-notified Lodha tribe in West Bengal. Severe casteist aggression in the academic institution where she was pursuing her Masters, and the inability of the Jyoti Basu headed state government in West Bengal to do her justice, drove her to eventually commit suicide on 16th August 1992.
Rohith Vemula’s disillusionment with the Left is public knowledge but what is probably less known is that when Sitaram Yechury visited HCU for a lecture and demanded reservation in the private sector for “lower class” people, Rohith responded on Facebook demanding to know why CPI(M) hasn’t had a single Dalit politburo member in 51 years.
In fact, almost all the parliamentary political parties have used caste lines to pursue their political agendas centering on vote banks. This has actively or passively contributed to deaths, social discrimination and institutional marginalisation against them.
It’s important to unite the struggles of Chuni, Rohith, Rajini and other victims of caste based persecution in the fight against Hinduvta Fascism while at the same time it also necessitates a critical approach towards the Parliamentary Left which is projecting itself as the harbinger in the fight.

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