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VOCEFORUS TAMILIANS’ PROTEST STONEWALLED AT CHICAGO INDIAN CONSULATE

September 28, 2017 10:55 AM
Chicago based Tamil community members staged a loud protest at Lincoln statue in Chicago

VOCEFORUS TAMILIANS’ PROTEST STONEWALLED AT CHICAGO INDIAN CONSULATE
Now, a petition campaign in progress

 By Jatinder Singh Bedi 

CHICAGO – Past week, Chicago based Tamil community members staged a loud protest outside the Indian Consulate Chicago agitating against India Government’s allegedly hasty imposition of NEET upon the students of Tamil Nadu. The protesters shouted slogans demanding that Education be retained as the ‘State Subject’ in India.

Sundarajan says that the Tamilnadu government has been giving false hope to the students that NEET will not be implemented, and then suddenly the verdict comes in its favor. Citing an example of recent suicide committed by a brilliant student, Sundarajan termed it “unfortunate” the way politicians are handling the future of the students.

It needs a mention that currently the opposition-ruled Tamil Nadu has over 30 medical colleges –“more than any other state” – and NEET places Tamil Nadu students, especially the ruralites, at a disadvantage while competing with the students at national level.

The Indian Consulate protestors could meet no officer, or representative from the Consulate. In a renewed bid, the organizers have launched a signature campaign in order to petition the in-person protest before India Consul General Neeta Bhushan. Over 100 signatures have been collected, Rajesh Sundarajan a protestor informed. “We now plan to meet the Consul General in person and hand over these petitions, once we have gathered a sizable number,” Sundarajan added.

From the Consulate, the protestors, later retreated nearby to the Statue of Abraham Lincoln on high density Michigan Avenue, to continue their protest. Here too slogans were raised and placards brandished.

According to Rajesh Sundarajan, “In Tamilnadu, the state of education and the educational infrastructure is such as the students are not yet ready for NEET.” He feels that the unilateral imposition of NEET is detrimental to the ill-prepared students from Tamil Nadu; and is the result of sinister Center-State political gambits.

Sundarajan says that the Tamilnadu government has been giving false hope to the students that NEET will not be implemented, and then suddenly the verdict comes in its favor. Citing an example of recent suicide committed by a brilliant student, Sundarajan termed it “unfortunate” the way politicians are handling the future of the students.

He said, the students from the lower stratum of the society don’t even know what Neet or CBSE is whose syllabus the government is trying to impose.

Similar protests have been planned nationwide in the US.

 

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