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‘I am a Dalit,’ Rohith Vemula Said In Video, Days Before He Died. The lost and found video goes viral

A few days before his suicide on January 17, University of Hyderabad research scholar Rohith Vemula appeared in a video in which he says, “I’m a Dalit from Guntur district.”

The video is now going viral on the Internet. His supporters mean it as a rebuttal to the ambivalence of the Roopanwal Commission on Vemula’s caste status. The video was shot last January, the very month in which the research scholar committed suicide.

While the writings he left behind clearly show his pain over social exclusion, the one-man commission appointed to probe the circumstances concluded that there was no clear proof that Vemula was indeed from a Dalit caste.

Incensed that Vemula’s Dalit credentials are being questioned, his friends point to what the scholar himself says in the video: “My name is Rohit Vemula. I’m a Dalit from Guntur district. My mother raised us.”
In the video, which emerged a few days after Justice Roopanwal’s findings were leaked from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Rohit speaks about his tussles with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad  students on the UoH campus and the university administration’s decision to expel five Dalit students – including him — from the hostels and restricting their entry into public spaces.

The five students protested  by living in a makeshift tent on campus at a place they christened Velivada.
The video was shot at Velivada a few days before Rohit’s suicide by a member of the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), Gummadi Prabhakar.

Prabhakar said he made the video to document the social background of the five protesting scholars. “I thought of shooting a 10-minute video on each of the five Dalit research scholars and I started with Rohit. He left midway when someone called him away and I could not complete the video,” Prabhakar said.

Sannaki Munna, who uploaded the video on Youtube, said after the video was shot in January, it wasn’t until a month or two after Vemula’s suicide that someone remembered it and tried to find it. But it was thought to be lost.

“A research scholar found the footage while cleaning his laptop and he called me. I uploaded the video, now,” Munna said.

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Farhan Akhtar finally puts an end to the rumours about Don 3

New Delhi: The third instalment of 2006’s ‘Don’ starring Shah Rukh Khan, has been making rounds for the speculations on its star cast. The Farhan Akhtar‘s directorial was a remake of 1978’s ‘Don’, featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.

Several media reports stated that Farhan himself will act in the film and essay the role of a cop. However, earlier today, Farhan has put an end to the speculations.

The ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ actor tweeted, “Request those who conjure up news about #Don3 without any fact checking to please refrain”. Furthermore, he urged those people to not mislead the fans of the franchise and wrote, “It is not fair to raise expectations of the film’s fanbase via false news”.

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12-year-old kerala Boy becomes India’s ‘youngest father’

A 12-year-old boy from Kerala became the youngest dad in India after he fathered a child with a 16-year-old.

The young mother gave birth to a baby girl a few months ago at a hospital in Ernakulam.

The children belong to Kochi, about 200 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Police said tests confirmed that he is the father of the two-month-old baby girl. The young mother is the boy’s first cousin and were neighbours.

NDTV said on Friday, adding that paternity tests showed the eight standard student could be India’s youngest dad.

The Hindu also reported that DNA tests have confirmed that the boy is indeed the biological father of the child.

Doctors believe that the boy could have a medical condition called “precocious puberty” which made him attain puberty at an earlier age which is why he is being believed to be the youngest father in India.

The girl had alleged that she had been raped by the boy following which a case has been registered against him, they said. However, when questioned, the boy blamed the girl for the relationship and hence a case has been registered against the young mother.

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Delhi-Based Couple’s Wedding Invite Is Going Viral..Here’s Why

A Delhi-based couple has decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations and it’s going viral on Twitter.

Marriage is a union of two people, who begin a new lease of life by taking vows and making their way into a beautiful commitment! To celebrate the unison, an extravagant affair is planned that last for almost a week. And when it comes to Indian weddings, people sometimes go the extra mile to make their D-day memorable. A Delhi-based couple is the latest addition to the list, who decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations.

Twitter handle, @Stuprous_doctor, a short while ago tweeted the images of a trendy wedding invite, said to be that of Suresh Kumar and Vidhya Priyanka BD, and Twitterati just lost it. Molded in the form of an iPhone, allegedly created by Kumar’s cousin, the invites is generating a hype for its interesting design. In accordance to a BuzzFeed report, Kumar said that despite the fact that theirs was an arranged marriage, it was speedy to bloom into love and they wanted to publicize their big decision in a “weird, quirky way” to the world.

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