English Media, Rest of Country Ignore Issue, Showing a Divided India
Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s directive to the Tamil Nadu government to ensure an end to protests against the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into medical colleges, the State continues to see demonstrations from students, politicians and activists, rightly so!
The ruling had, in fact, made me wonder if the Supreme Court had become a Central Government ministry!
However, it is nice to see the protests are gathering momentum with Kamalahasan and his counterparts from filmdom throwing their weight behind the fight against NEET that has resulted in State Board students in Tamil Nadu, particularly those in villages, being shortchanged.
A topper, Anitha, had committed suicide after failing to make the cut despite scoring 1176/1200 in the +2 exams. Another student who had scored 1190 / 1200 also lost out.
Quite simply, NEET has been tailored to suit CBSE and city-bred students with the ability to fork out big bucks for attending coaching classes.
The people of Tamil Nadu are up in arms against an unfair practice, but the rest of India is not showing any solidarity with them. Even the English print and broadcast media have started to ignore the news.
Tamilians working in the U.S. have also staged candle-light protests in honour of Anitha, demanding justice.
Genuine problems facing the State being tossed aside within India only points to deep divisions within the country.
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G Joslin Vethakumar