Politics has become about identity, how you can use someone’s identityto benefit yourself. Politicians have been doing this for a while now. The fact that politicians focused more on discussing Rohit Vermula cast than mourning his death speaks a great deal about our society and politics.
Rohith Vemula’s suicide note eloquently stated the sad affair of political opportunism, when he painfully expressed –
“The value of a man was reduced to his identity… to a vote, to a number, to a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind, as a glorious thing made of stardust in every field. In studies, on streets, in politics and in dying and living”
As soon as the news of Rohith suicide broke out there was a flood of politicians and student organization reached the university to exploit the tragic death of Rohith Vermula. As Delhi’s CM projects himself to be in support of Dalit, “Messiah of Dalits” reached Hyderabad to milk this great opportunity for his personal benefit. Arvind Kejriwal without wasting any time flew to Hyderabad to deliver his condolences to the victim’s family and show solidarity towards the students who were protesting.
It is not the first time that Kejriwal has done something like this. He is well known to use socially weaker and neglected sections of society for his own benefit. He won Delhi’s election on the same basis by attracting Safai Karmacharis (sweepers) by promising end of contractual work and making their jobs regular, insurance for them and interest free home loans. His party logo was also a broom that stuck an emotional chord with them; all of this proves that these are just false poll-gimmicks. It has been a year now and none of his promises has been delivered.