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Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit, says Sushma Swaraj

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Realizing that the Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide has become a national issue ,Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that the University of Hyderabad PhD scholar Rohith Vemula was not a member of the dalit community but  from backward caste..

Sushma means that  if a backward caste person commits suicide than it should not be made an issue .

Swaraj said, “As per my complete  information the student (Rohith) was not Dalit. He was projected as a Dalit student by some people. The issue was highlighted and claiming that he was a Dalit was baseless.”

In a secret intelligence report forwarded to national security adviser Ajit Doval, agencies cited the statement of Rohith’s grandmother Raghavamma claiming that both her son (Rohith’s father V Mani Kumar) and daughter-in-law (Rohith’s mother V Radhika) belong to the Vaddera community, which is a backward caste and not dalit.

Rohith was one of the five Dalit scholars who was expelled by the University of Hyderabad in August 2015 for allegedly attacking a student activist belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The protest over the suicide of a Dalit research scholar in University of Hyderabad intensified as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi  observed a day-long fast on Saturday by sitting alongwith  the agitators even as the BJP targeted him for “playing politics over dead bodies”.

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Sandalwood drug case: SC grants bail to Ragini Dwivedi

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Ragini was arrested under the NDPS Act by the Crime Branch in Bengaluru and accused of links with an international ring involved in supplying psychedelic drugs at rave parties and other events. She had challenged a Karnataka High Court order rejecting bail on November 3.

Actress Sanjjanaa Galrani was also arrested in the same case and she is currently out on conditional bail.

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UP man complains Mirzapur maligns district, SC notice to Amazon Prime

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The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice on plea of a Mirzapur resident complaining against the web series Mirzapur and Amazon Prime for maligning the image of his native place in Uttar Pradesh.

“Mirzapur has rich cultural value, but in 2018 Excel Entertainment has launched a web series named Mirzapur of 9 episodes in which they have shown Mirzapur a city of goons and adulteresses,” said the plea.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde after a brief hearing in the matter issued notice on the plea Centre, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Amazon Prime video.

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Akhilesh questions ‘intention’ behind deferring farm laws

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Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has questioned the ‘intentions’ of the Modi government to defer farm laws by one and a half year.

“The BJP government has extended a proposal to defer the implementation of the farm laws for the next one and a half year. The move is illogical and without any rationale. Deferring implementation of the law will not change the consequences that will follow once the law is introduced,” he said.

Akhilesh further said, “By deferring implementation of the law, the BJP government is trying to counter popular public sentiment which is growing in favour of the agitating farmers and against the law makers. The government will eventually implement the laws before the elections in 2024 to benefit the capitalists.”

The SP president has directed the party leaders and workers to dedicate their Republic Day celebrations to farmers who are protesting against the new farm laws. He asked party men to reach the venues where Indian flag will be unfurled at the tehsil level on tractors carrying the Tricolour.

He said that by taking out tractor rallies, the SP workers and leaders will only reassert their support to the agitating farmers.

Akhilesh also attacked the ruling BJP for the delay in clearing cane dues of farmers, increase in power tariff and raids by power department officials on farmers for recovery of power dues.

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