ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

The Gift of a Life and Death

Rohith Vemula and ‘Us’

Articulating itself in three ordered segments, this article is an attempt to think creatively with the circumstances of the life and death of Rohith Vemula. The effort is to conceptualise, through a revitalised notion of the "gift," the challenge of a life constituted as much by an inherent sociality as by a transformative radicalism of thought and action. Resituating caste sociality in a lived sense must, therefore, entail moving beyond victimhood and suffering, and encountering actively the spaces of biography and narrative history.

This is not, strictly speaking, an article with a defined argument. Rather, I am musing about an eventrather, a life, that of Rohith Vemula, underscoring the eventthat continues to haunt the University of Hyderabad campus. My rumination here strives to conceptualise the complexity of a life defined as much by an inherent background sociality as by thought and action.

Thought and Action

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here


To gain instant access to this article (download).

INR 59

(Readers in India)

$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.