The former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman and Noted writer Ashok Vajpeyi has decided to return D.Litt given to him by Hyderabad University in protest against the “anti-dalit” attitude of authorities which has allegedly driven a Dalit student to commit suicide. A student name Rohith was found hanging in the university’s hostel room on Sunday. His suicide sparked a massive protest by students in Hyderabad and in Delhi.
Ashok Vajpeyi was awarded D.Litt (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa) by the Central University of Hyderabad few years ago.
Mr. Vajpeyi told PTI that “A dalit student, Rohith Vemula, who wanted to be a writer was driven to commit suicide due to anti-dalit and intolerance of dissent shown. I have decided to return the award in protest against university authorities, (who were) presumably acting under political pressure,”