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Rohith Vemula and ‘Us’

The Gift of a Life and Death

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 “event”—rather, a life, that of Rohith Vemula, underscoring the event—that 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

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