New Delhi: Muthukrishnan, an alumnus of University of Hyderabad committed committed suicide by hanging himself at a friend's place in Delhi's Munirka on Monday.
According to students, Muthukrishnan belonged to the Scheduled Caste and was an active member of the Justice for Rohit Vermula movement. He was pursuing MPhil in JNU and is a native of Salem in Tamil Nadu. The news comes a year after Rohith Vermula's death that jolted the entire nation.
A member of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice , expressing
shock over the incident recalled how Muthukrishnan was an active student in
Dalit movements." We are n deep shock over the incident. He was such a bright student
and a prolific writer," said a member of JAC, recalling how last year he had
written an article Vermula's mother Radhika on his personal blog.
He elaborates in his blog how he met Rohith six times before he took the extreme step on January 17, 2016. "All the intellectuals from the marginalized communities will get arrested just for mocking fictional characters. At the same time, all the leading national institutes will be headed by thepeople who cannot even clear the 10th standard exam. These people claim dissenters as anti-nationals and seditious. They are going to kill many Rohith's, like us, just for eating beef, for being rational, for being intellectually productive for the country. But we are the real sons of this land and after we are all killed, there will be no nation," Muthukrishnan stated in his blog titled "a universal mother without a nation".
As the news broke, Muthukrishnan's facebook profile was flooded with messages from students across the universities.
"When equality is denied everything wis denied. There is no Equality in M.phil/phd Admission, there is no equality in viva- voice, there is onoly denial of equality, denying Prof. Sukhadeo thorat recommendation, denying students protest places in Ad – block, denying the education of the marginal," read Muthukrishnan's last post in Facebook.
Students expressed shock and grief over his suicide. "heartbreaking news! RIP Muthukrishnan. I don't know why do you end your life journey ion he middle. You have overcome several obstacles t acquire higher education. I never expect this from you" shared Vincent Benny, former UoH students' union president on Facebook.