Is NEET Merit?

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Tamil Nadu Opposes NEET

This is the 6th 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  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 12 parts with suitable explanatory comments for the benefit those from outside Tamil Nadu.

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Where is the question of merit of the students? Students are meritorious or not is not the issue. Your system. Your officers. You are unqualified. Meritless. You don’t have any legitimacy to speak about our merit or our children’s merit.

It started with the pretext of rich getting medical seats giving crores and these people wanted to control it.

How did they start the withdrawal of gas cylinder subsidy? “Rich are getting subsidized gas. Give it up so that it will go to the needy.” That is how this story stated. But where it has ended? Total withdrawal. Ration subsidy cut, Farm subsidy cuts, etc. The pretext of controlling the rich end up excluding the poor.

Now, what is merit? Merit is CBSE School, illegal coaching classes conducted by CBSE schools themselves. You don’t even need to study in them. For those who can afford the expense, it is enough to go to NEET coaching classes.

Anitha was asking. How can we spend? What is the reply? How can she go? 50 thousand, one lakh.

What happens to state board education, public school, and public colleges? They are all excluded. In order to abolish the quota system, to exclude the oppressed and poor from the education, those who were speaking directly against quota system are speaking in a different angle and have achieved their aim.

They are making the same argument with different words. Both are no different.

Many are talking about quality. Yes. Quality is low. It should be improved.

But what is the scale to measure quality? Who decides it? Do you have that legitimacy?  We are not asking concessions. We are facing the illegitimate gang. So, the argument of quota within NEET is hollow. It is not the issue.

We saw the issue from the point of view of Anitha so far. Now, let us see from another point of view.

The quality of medical care should be improved. Whose concern is this? Whoever needs medical care? The patients. It is their concern. People’s concern.

Now I am sick. I need good medical care. Do I have to believe that this government is doing all this to provide me better health care? In this country, majority of common people, around 80-90% of them go to a medical shop and ask the shop keeper some medicine for head ache, stomach ache, etc. They are their doctors. If after 5 or 6 days, if they don’t get better, they go to GH or to a private hospital charging 50 or 100, a low cost hospital. This is the status of our patients. Status of the majority.

It started with the pretext of rich getting medical seats giving crores and these people wanted to control it.

Who asked for doctors qualified with NEET? We don’t even have doctors, in primary health centres. Health care is unreachable to many.

This government’s policy is to close government hospitals, sell them to private and deny health care to those who do not insure themselves. With all these policies, if this government says it is for producing better doctors, for whom? To whom do they want to supply these meritorious doctors?

If Anitha becomes doctor, she would be working in Ariyalur or in some other places in Tamilnadu. Tamilnadu people would benefit from her.

What is the use of those who have passed NEET today for common people in India? They would go to corporate hospitals or board the plane to US. This is not after NEET alone. Already those schooled in CBSE or Namakkal broiler schools have also been like this.

They don’t have any idea about service to people. They just want returns on their investments. Their aim is not to serve the people. This medical care system itself is not like that. Therefore the talk of quality is just empty talk.

There are many so called quality hospitals like Apollo. Only those doctors know. Some observant people know. How do those hospitals function? They function like public toilets in Bus stands.

Toilets, cycle stands, etc in bus stands are auctioned. You pay a few lakh rupees to municipality. Then you collect whatever you want. That is how these hospitals work.

Neurology, cardiology. Every department is auctioned. The doctors, who bid highest, collect it from their patients.

Who would believe that they would get proper care from such hospitals? Leave alone us, the poor. They swindle from rich. Their patients complain about frauds and go to courts. So, your system is so corrupt that it does not work for yourself. We don’t know who is skilled and who is not, who cures or who kills. Haven’t they become objects of mockery by keeping the dead body in ICU and swindling money?

[Continued in 7. Brahminical and Corporate Agenda]

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