Why the PM is yet to say anything about the Rohith Vemula's suicide? It can always be debated whether a Prime Minister is expected to give reaction on everything, but Modi's style, often described as `presidential', like that of the President of USA, leads one to ask this question. He is an able and enthusiastic communicator. He is hundred times more vocal than his predecessor. So why silence now? A statement, through the PM's twitter handle, will come eventually, but it will be pooh-poohed by the Modi- and BJP-baiters. Which is what happened in Dadri lynching case.
One of the reasons for this awkwardness could be that Modi, being an able communicator himself, knows when he would sound less credible/sincere. Imagine Modi swiftly condemning Mohd Akhlaq's lynching over beef allegation. The opposition would have immediately damned him for forgetting his own tainted record of 2002, Gujarat. It may be that his reaction could have never seemed to be spontaneous, for many of us believe that in his heart he is indifferent about the rights of Muslims. It would have also hurt that constituency of BJP which believes that cow is holy and killing in the name of cow isn't unholy. In Vemula's case, the Union HRD ministry's action have come under scanner. Modi's choice of the person to head this ministry always seemed ridiculous and whimsical; he would now find it all the more difficult to come to the aid of his colleague.
I would go hyperbole and make the point which I have made in the past too: BJP grievously injured itself when it decided to make Modi its supreme leader. In the long term, it was a suicidal decision. Conduct a thought experiment. Wouldn't Sushma Swaraj, Rajanth Singh or even Manohar Parrikar and the fellow Marathi Nithin Gadkari (both ever-ready to put the foot in the mouth) sound more credible while making pro-forma comments on a communal issue? Vemula's suicide has become a communal issue in one sense, whatever the facts may be.
Also, there is a trap when you choose a messiah or build up a messiah to be your top leader. Messiahs can't seek forgiveness and accommodation that easily. BJP would be bleeding in this trap at the end of Modi's five years in office, I am afraid.