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Stating that Rohit, who committed suicide after social boycott imposed by the HCU authorities, faced dishonor like Mahathma Gandhi faced in South Africa, AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has demanded that the government bring in an Act against ‘Caste Discrimination’. He warned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress party will intensify its agitation in case the Prime Minister fails to bring an act against the ‘Caste Discrimination’.

            Rahul Gandhi participated in Maha Deeksha taken up by the students demanding the governments to initiate action against the persons caused death of Rohit in Hyderabad Central University (HCU), for a day on Saturday extending his support to students.

Addressing the Maha Deeksha here on Saturday, Rahul alleged that BJP and RSS were trying to rub their idealism on students. “We too accept your idealism in case the students’ accepts your idealism”, he said. Asking Modi government to give respect and dignity to the students, Rahul said that the students know much better about the world than him.

            Stating that the problem in HCU was not confined to a single student, Rahul lamented that the discrimination in Universities across the nation was high. “The discrimination in India is in different types—women, religion, caste etc”, he opined.

            Making it clear that know body has the right to disturb the democracy, Rahul suggested the Modi government to use the power of students to move the nation forward and to make the country a super power. He said that the dishonor experienced by Rohit may be faced by others tomorrow. “I came here to extend my support to the striking students thinking that not to face the dishonor faced by Rohit in any University. The government failed to give freedom to Rohit to utter truth” he said.

            He told the students about his flight experience with a Japan commuter. “Japan citizen told me that the caste discrimination was more in India and hence the creativity in India is less when I asked him why creativity is more in Japan and less in India. Very tough to reach the information from top to bottom in India”, he said, adding the Prime Minister’s Make-In India, Connect India ideas were not reaching the bottom level. The discrimination at bottom level was more, he said reminding that a section of people branded a student as an anti-national. He asked all Indians, they may be from any caste or religion, have to strengthen the nation and take the nation forward. He said he was bending his head in front of the youth (Rohit), who didn’t bend his head to any one.

            Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma, Rohit’s mother Radhika, brother Raju and students participated in the Maha Deeksha. Professors from Delhi JNU, Madras University, EFLU and students from Osmania University and SC, ST Professors Forum of HCU participated in the Deeksha. Samatha Sainik Seva Dal activists from several districts organized a parade and paid tributes to Rohit on the occasion.

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