Why Rohith Vemula Will Never Be Forgotten

Social Commentary

Why Rohith Vemula Will Never Be Forgotten

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


hat makes a movement? Is it collective will or the will of an individual that galvanises a community? Is it the idea, or the repression it stands up to? History is evidence that, more often than not, there is a person at the heart of each shift, a little windless chalice of cupped hands that houses someone who eventually transcends the physical. He becomes, his or her idea. Two years ago, scholar and student Rohith Vemula committed suicide, and in death, became more of an icon than most of us fail to in life.

That statement, is both incredible and tragic. The possibilities of a life, after all, should trump what death can do for anyone. Vemula, though, was an exception.