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Who was Rohith Vemula?

Print edition : February 19, 2016

Rohith Vemula's brother, Raja Chaitanya; mother, Radhika; and sister, Neelima, addressing the media outside the University of Hyderabad campus on January 23. Photo: K.V.S. Giri

Rohith's grandfather Venkateswarlu talking to the BJP's Assembly convener Pangudi Venkatramaiah and mandal adhyaksh Radhakrishnamurthi at his home in Gurajala. Photo: Kunal Shankar

Rohith's father, Vemula Naga Manikumar. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempts to ascertain his caste identity and influence his family are meant to serve a political objective as the names listed as the perpetrators of his death can upset its social engineering project in an election year.
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