Watch: Smriti Irani: My name is Smriti Irani and I challenge you to ask my caste!
Smriti Irani Speech in Lok Sabha
In a fiery and emotional speech, addressing the parliament, Smriti Irani, the Minister for Human Resource Development; spoke about Rohit Vemula’s death and the ongoing JNU issue. Rejecting the allegation that Rohit was forced to commit suicide owing to the persecution he faced on the basis of him being a dalit; she said “mujhe suli pe chadhaya jaa raha hai kyunki mere vibhaag ne patra likha (I am being hanged because my ministry wrote the letter). My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask my caste” and explained that she would not take advantage of the fact that she is married to a micro community.
She also spoke against the opposition and said “Rahul Gandhi made the most of the opportunity and visited the hostel twice, something which he had never done before. Have you ever seen him visiting the same place twice? Did he do the same when 600 students died in the Telangana movement? Rohith blamed no one, yet Rahul tried to use this child as a political tool. The child in his suicide note said that no one is responsible for my death, yet you seek to use this child for your own political ends.”
Her speech drew praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who tweeted “satyamev jayate” along with the video of her speech.