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Why Universities Are a Key Battleground for Human Rights in India

Click here for reuse options! Caste discrimination is the ugly underbelly of India's higher education system. The year 2016 began for the government of India with a huge hiccup. Rohith Vemula, a research scholar who happened to be a Dalit (or from the so-called untouchable caste), committed suicide on January 17. He took this step after his university administration failed to respond to his recent letter to Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile of the Hyderabad Central University, in which Vemula complained of the deep-rooted discrimination driven by caste that still corrodes the atmosphere of India’s universities.
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