Suicide Notes

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A research scholar by name Rohith Vemula committed suicide in the University of Hyderabad, India on 18th January 2016. He belonged to a marginalized community in India. He was subjected to institutional violence and pressure due to exaggerated campus politics. Some dramatic events drove him to take this grave step. His last words were introspective about his life and past. He expressed anguish over the degrading value of human potential. His suicide letter has lot to say about human worth. I felt very moved by puticular words from his suicide note which read as:

“I loved science, stars, nature. But then I loved people without knowing that people have long since divorced from nature. Our feelings are second-handed. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs colored. Our originality valid through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love without getting hurt. The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity. And nearest possibility, to a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust. In every field. In studies. In streets. In politics. And in dying and living.”

I am going through a slew of blocked emotions over the entire incident which is being politicized. Reports of suicide always do this to me. Hence, this post. Do share your thoughts.

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22 thoughts on “Suicide Notes

  1. It is very sad that people would mistreat those from another community so much that the abused would feel there is no option but to take their own life. As he said, we are all minds made of star dust, can’t we treat each other as the something special that we are?

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  2. School.. Work.. culture.. tools..
    and even written words..
    killer of the human
    emoTioNal heARt
    ExpresSinG
    SpiRit..
    flesh and
    blood soUl
    of mind and
    body balanCinG
    toes iN contact
    with earth.. oxytocin
    receptors on feet
    unclothed
    naked
    love
    bonding
    with sands
    of Nature
    once again.
    it’s possible
    to come back..
    but not as a rich
    man.. not as a word..
    but a moving.. connecting
    creating human being alive..:)

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  3. First of all.. I love how you used the suicide note (which is a marvelous) piece of poetry, and I fully agree that maybe we are clearer than ever when we consider the end… I remember when we had a prompt on Jisei — Japanese death poetry… To capture those last thoughts of death (not just suicide)… and yes this is something I have thought about… to write a note somewhere… to update it and then afterwards everyone can read it…

    I attach the link to our prompt on Jisei… http://dversepoets.com/2015/09/24/jisei-japanese-death-poems/

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  4. The part of the suicide note you shared was passionately intense; and so was your response! Makes the reader think what message would he/she leave for the world if they knew they would not be around tomorrow.

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  5. This is a new perspective for me as I don’t normally consider suicide notes as a theme or a genre by itself ~ But I agree with you that it’s very interesting to read them so we understand the person better at the edge of life ~

    Nice to meet you at D’verse ~

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  6. Perhaps right before a person takes their own life they feel more alive then ever where they can express feelings, emotions and their pain like they never felt they could before. What a shame. But I agree that perhaps their notes left behind could shed some light.
    Gayle ~

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  7. I think you make a good point about that value in suicide notes being a genre because the person no longer has anything left to lose and so his/her words can include a poignance and authenticity other writing sometimes lacks. Rohith’s words are a vivid reminder to us to remember not to reduce the value of each person to an immediate identity, but to honor the glorious, wider, composition of star dust within 🙂

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