- 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 against the colonial occupiers by the native people. NEET is not merely a medical admission problem.
Here is the 13th and final 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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NEET means I can’t get my medical seat. Like NEET, Modi government has been unleashing series of attacks on the rights and livelihoods of people
- Demonetization means crores of people were thrown out their jobs, suicides by farmers and small business men, businesses going bankrupt.
- Amended Cattle Trading rules meant I can’t sell my cattle.
- Cow Rakshak’s mean I can’t eat my food.
- GST means ruin of my small businesses.
- Imposition of Hindi means suppression of my language.
This gang is prepared for any crimes. They dream of being making us fight among us and scatter us, whether in the issue of quota or in the opposition to Brahminism or in anything else.
What opinion Ram Rahim has about women is what Brahminism and Brahminical fascism has about the people of the country. Krishnasamy [Dr Krishnaswamy, heading a dalit outfit in south Tamil Nadu], Edappadi [Tamil Nadu Chief Minister], Pon Radhakrishnan [central BJP minister form Tamil Nadu], etc are cards they use. RSS/BJP use their caste background to mobilize people behind them and orchestrate riots.
Modi government thinks that they can make us submit by force and accept all that is imposed.
Tamil Nadu rejects such submission. We should demonstrate it. When we compare this issue, Jallikattu was very small.
Dinamani’s editorial asks shamelessly what happened to Neduvasal or Kathiramangalam [villages in Cauvery delta where ONGC oil exploration is opposed by farmers] or farmers protest in Delhi and advises students to accept whatever is imposed.
- So, if they ask land in Neduvasal, we should give it.
- If they ask it in Kathiramangalam, we should give it.
- If they want Petro Chemical Zone, we should give away our lands for it.
- If they want medical seat, give it…
We are not the Edapadi or Dinakaran gang to give up our self respect and dignity.
No, Tamils are not worms without self respect. We should stand and oppose these impositions
Modi and BJP harped about Gujarat model to come to power. What is Gujarat model? They don’t have government schools. Just 6 medical colleges. Everything is privatized and corporatized. They publicly tied and beat dalit men. That is Gujarat model.
Tamil Nadu model is opposed to that Gujarat model. Public hospital, public school, people welfare programs, opposition to Brahminism, casteism, and self respect – This is Tamilnadu.
After Gujarat genocide in 2002, in 2003, in Tanjavur, we conducted Tamil People Music Festival and on behalf of People’s Art and Literature Association, we proclaimed that “if Gujarat is an experimental lab for Hindutva, then Tamilnadu is an experimental lab for secularism and democracy.” We have the strength and capacity to prove it.
Today Tamil Nadu is standing up against NEET as one person. Let us fight for democracy, self respect and secularism. Our struggle will inspire the working people of other states to fight.
Anitha reminds us of Kattabomman who resisted even after the submission of all other chieftains. “When he was taken for hanging, his eyes had not even a hint of fear. He was looking with scorn at the chieftains lined up on both sides while walking towards the platform.” A British officer had written so in his note.
Some say “What can we do now, let us submit to NEET and think of ways to prepare our children to it so that we can avoid further Anithas”. They remind me of those slavish chieftains watching Kattabomman on his defiant march to death against British.
Anitha taking her life reminds me of Kattabomman. Kattabomman was an execution by the enemy. Later is a suicide, induced by the enemy. The message from both is same : Live with self respect.
To read the other parts Tamil Nadu Opposes NEET