WeForNews | Latest News, Breaking News, News Updates Dalit student suicide:10 professors resign protesting Smriti Irani's remark | WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs
Connect with us

India

Dalit student suicide:10 professors resign protesting Smriti Irani’s remark

Published

on

Further deepening the ongoing crisis triggered by a Dalit scholar’s suicide,more than 10 SC/ST faculty members from the University of Hyderabad have resigned from their ‘administrative roles’ on Wednesday, protesting Union HRD minister Smriti Irani’s remarks in Delhi on the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula.

Dalit scholar’s suicide  has turned into a political slugfest between the Modi  government and the opposition.

All professors belonging to SC/ST communities resigned in a show of solidarity with students demanding justice for 26-year-old Rohith Vemula, who allegedly committed suicide after he was suspended from the university along with four other students.

The professors are also said to be angry over alleged “misrepresentation” of facts by Union minister for human resource development Smriti Irani who has termed the protests as a “malicious attempt” to project the issue as a caste battle.

Irani said on Wednesday made a controversial statement that  senior Dalit professors of the university  from various committees–Proctoral Committee to Executive Council (EC) to sub-committee of EC were involved in the decision to expel the five students.

The  SC/SC Teachers and Officers Forum of UoH rubbished Irani’s claim that a Dalit professor was among the members of the university’s body that suspended the students including Vemula.

“The minister is misleading the nation. We will not work under the administration as there has been no representation from the Dalits in the executive council since the university’s inception,” Prakash Babu, Dean of Students Welfare and member of SC/ST Teachers and Officers Forum, told .

“It was headed by an upper caste professor…and there are no Dalit faculty in this sub committee,” the forum  said.

“This is not a Dalit versus non-Dalit issue as being projected by some to ignite passion and there is a deliberate attempt to provoke students across the country,” Irani said in Delhi on Wednesday while rejecting allegations that her ministry had put pressure on the university to suspend Vemula.
While demanding explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi,various opposition parties are seeking resignation of  HRD Minister Smriti Irani  and Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya  .

Various leaders from  Congress, TMC, AIMIM, BSP, Left, Aam Admi Party landed in University   and attacked the politiciasation of University students  .

The university is now mulling dilution of punishment for the four other Dalit students who were suspended along with Rohith for allegedly assaulting a member of  Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) , which is affiliated to the RSS.

India

Centre convenes all-party meet on Jan 30 ahead of Budget session

Published

on

By

Parliament

The Modi government has called an all-party meeting on January 30 to hold discussions ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget in Parliament on February 1.

The Centre has invited leaders of all political parties in both the Houses to the proposed meeting slated to begin at 11.30 am through videoconference. Sources said the National Democratic Alliance parties too will meet on the same day.

Parliament’s Budget session will be held in two phseses amid all precautions against coronavirus — from January 29 to February 15, and from March 8 to April 8.

The all-party meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP’s Rajya Sabha leader Thawarchand Gehlot, Deputy Leader Piyush Goyal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, Arjun Ram Meghwal and V Muralitharan.The one-hour Question Hour has been restored in the Budget session, which was suspended during the Monsoon session in September 2020 during corona pandemic.Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Tuesday that corona tests for members att

ending the Parliament session will be mandatory.

Continue Reading

India

Right to salary a fundamental right: Delhi HC

Published

on

By

Delhi High Court

New Delhi, Jan 20 : The Delhi High Court has pulled up the municipal corporations for the non-payment of salaries and pensions to their employees, noting that paucity of funds cannot be an excuse and that right to receive pay is a fundamental right enshrined under the Constitution of India.

A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was hearing a batch of petitions in relation to the non-payment of salaries and pensions to the employees of Delhi municipal corporations, particularly North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NrDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

“Reason assigned for non-payment of timely salaries is stated to be paucity of funds which, as is well settled, cannot be an excuse for non-payment, keeping in view the fact that the right to receive salary and pension is a fundamental right enshrined under Article 21 of Constitution and non-payment would have direct bearing on quality of life,” the court stated.

Continue Reading

India

NCP should decide on poll alliance soon: Goa leader

Published

on

By

Sharad Pawar

The Nationalist Congress Party should decide its political strategy for the 2022 Assembly polls in Goa well ahead of time, NCP state president Jose Philip D’Souza said on Wednesday.

D’Souza also said that party supremo Sharad Pawar was scheduled to arrive in Goa on Wednesday for a brief visit to meet with the state executive committee members and discuss strategy for the upcoming polls.

“We will be discussing our electoral agenda with Sharad Pawarji, because elections are just a year away,” D’Souza said.

“Planning should be done in advance. If like minded parties want to go together for the 2022 elections, it has to be decided now. We will be discussing this issue,” D’Souza also said.
The party had fared poorly in the 2017 Assembly polls winning just one seat in the 40-member Goa Assembly, after much delayed talks for an alliance with the Congress failed.

D’Souza claims that it was imperative for the party to ensure that if the party was to ally with a “like-minded” party for the 2022 polls, the deal had to be sewn together sooner rather than later.

“Whether we should go with an alliance with other parties or not, it has to be decided now. If we leave it for too late, with a month or two to go for elections, then there is limited scope for discussion and things can go wrong. The talks should begin now,” D’Souza said, adding that he would be discussing the matter with Pawar.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular