- Why Tamil Nadu opposes NEET?
- Should we accept imposition on our rights?
- The curious case of NEET in Supreme Court
- The legal argument against NEET and Supreme Court’s Highhandedness
- Why NEET or what ails medical education?
- Is NEET Merit?
- NEET : Corporate and Brahminical Interests Merge
- NEET for Higher Judiciary?
- Private Grabbing of People’s Assets
- Highs Score in NEET != Quality
- Doctors for the public and Corporate Doctors
- NEET is a Tool of Oppression
- NEET : Stand Up Against Oppression!
This is a struggle of oppressed for their rights. This is a struggle of the colonies against the occupiers. NEET is not merely a medical admission problem.
This is the 12th part of “Why Tamil Nadu Opposes NEET” a series of posts on Anitha’s suicide and NEET. It is based on a speech by Mr. Marudhaiyan of People’s Arts and Literature Association (PALA), published in Vinavu.com. The text of the speech has been translated into English by Nesan. Those who know Tamil can view the videos of speech here.
We publish this in 13 parts with suitable explanatory comments for the benefit those from outside Tamil Nadu.
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12. What is at stake?
NEET is not just about a girl who could not get medical seat. Some people see it that way. A girl with 1176 marks committing suicide is a painful thing. This hurts our hearts. But this is not Anitha’s problem alone.
This concerns the health, well being and medical care of many crore people belonging to oppressed and backward castes. It is not only about evicting them from medical education. It is a problem of evicting them from medical care itself.
- Students should not think that it is a problem of those who have scored more than 1100 marks while they themselves have scored only 700-800.
- People should not think that it is a problem of those who prepare for medical seat. It is not a problem of feeling sorry for Anitha and shedding some tears. This is a problem of health care of our country’s, a problem of their livelihood.
Dinamani’s [a Tamil daily] editorial starts with shedding tears, then goes on to say that some people misled that girl and sacrificed her. If someone had trained her from the beginning for NEET, she would not have died, etc.
That is, ‘I am also against NEET. I too don’t like it. But, NEET has become reality. We should therefore accept it and submit to it. Because it is an order from Delhi. All have submitted. We too should submit.’
This is what Jackson [a British tax collector in 18th century] asked Kattabomman [a Tamil local chieftain of that time]. “Everyone submitted, why you hold out?”
The question is can we see it like that. No.
That is why Anitha committed suicide. She could not accept this injustice. We don’t recommend suicide, but we should understand the meaning of Anitha’s suicide.
“I can’t bear such injustice and live”
What is the meaning of bearing it and staying alive?
Take Dera Sacha Saudha case against Ram Rahim who was convicted for rape and sentenced 20 years in jail.
More than 100 inmates have suffered this injustice in his Ashram. No one spoke about this atrocity as they or their families won’t be spared if they expose Ram Rahim. When CBI took up the investigation based on an anonymous letter it was found that a man had died mysteriously and that sister of that man had been an inmate in that ashram. In the beginning that girl also did not divulge anything, later on she spoke about what happened.
That girl said, “She has to go to him, once every 27 days.” How many years they would have put up with it without being able to tell family or society or police?
NEET is such a violation! A violation that is thrust upon Indian people and Tamil people. In other states, due to ignorance they might have accepted. They don’t understand its magnitude. As in many issues, Tamil Nadu takes up the fight before others.
NEET is not the first one.
[continued in last part 13. Should we Submit?]