Director Vetrimaaran: We should protest to ban NEET altogether

Vetrimaaran was talking to reporters at a commemoration meeting organised by Kabali filmmaker Pa Ranjith to pay respects to Anitha. Also at the commemoration were actor Vijay Sethupathi and Samuthirakani, who also spoke about the importance of pair education policy and political awareness among students.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: September 6, 2017 4:26 pm
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The efforts of medical aspirant Anitha, who was found hanging from the ceiling of her house, should not be in vain and there should be a protest to ban NEET altogether, says noted Tamil director Vetrimaaran. Anitha, the daughter of a daily wage earner, allegedly committed suicide at her house in Ariyalur district of the state on September 1. She was believed to be upset after itThe efforts of medical aspirant Anitha, who was found hanging from the ceiling of her house, should not be in vain and there should be a protest to ban NEET altogether, says noted Tamil director Vetrimaaran. Anitha, the daughter of a daily wage earner, allegedly committed suicide at her house in Ariyalur district of the state on September 1. She was believed to be upset after itbecame known that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET).

“India is a conglomeration of different states with various languages, tradition, and culture for each. How can a standard examination be the solution for such a multi-cultured nation? The psychology of education is all about how the society gets benefited from it,” Vetrimaaran said yesterday.

“When we belong to a community and learn things that are no way related to our society, we live as unwanted entities inthat society. Given that, NEET is completely purposeless for anyone here.”

The filmmaker was talking to reporters at a commemoration meeting organised by Kabali filmmaker Pa Ranjith to pay respects to Anitha. Calling her a coward for committing suicide would bring dishonour to her efforts, he said.

“Anitha is a fearless activist who found her way to the Supreme Court to get what she deserves. When such a bold personality decided to take her life, we should not call her a coward. I felt bad for not doing enough before she lost her life. We should protest to ban NEET altogether.”Anitha’s efforts should not go in vain.”

Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, who was also present told youngsters to learn more about politics than cinema to understand the various facets of life. “Education is a basic necessity. We have lost a precious life now, and I feel ashamed for not being able to do anything about it. People are always dividing us based on caste. “I’m not sure if they listen to our protests anymore. They might have got used to it. We should change the methods of our protests. They’ve learned properly to suppress us now with various means,” said Sethupathi.

National Award-winning actor Samuthirakani called for a fair education policy and sought a ban on the NEET examination. “All we need is an appropriate education system. When we don’t get what we ask for, we should protest. If our demands are still not met, we should boycott. When that goes unnoticed too, we should take ourselves what we deserve. That’s the only solution,” he said.

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