What the NEET controversy in Tamil Nadu means for all of us?

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The suicide of 17-year-old Anitha – a medical aspirant from a socially and economically underprivileged family – who fought against the National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) in the Supreme Court, has created a huge political and social upheaval in Tamil Nadu. The popular opinion as witnessed in the form of agitations, social media posts and panel discussions on TV channels, are mostly centered around the call for scrapping NEET – an exam which now decides who can study medicine and who can’t in medical colleges across India.

While the call has an intrinsic merit, many of the protests – just like the dissenting voices in the Jallikattu case  – have been carried out in an emotionally charged…

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