September 2, 2017
Madurai: NEET victim Anitha’s suicide has shaken the consciousness of entire Tamil Nadu. It seems to have made politicians like US-educated Palanivel Thiagarajan, the DMK MLA of Madurai Central constituency, ponders over whether he has made a wrong choice of entering politics.
Upon hearing the suicide of the motherless Ariyalur girl Anitha, who despite scoring 1176 marks with a medical cut off of 196.75 in the Plus Two state board examination could not secure a medical seat because of the introduction of NEET, Thiagarajan like many others took to Facebook to vent out his anguish, anger and helplessness.
Admitting that he is ashamed to be a politician, he said politicians including him were carrying the blood of Anitha on their hands. Wondering whether he has made a wrong choice of leaving his professional career for public service 18 months ago, Thiagarajan, a father of 2 young boys, said he was disgusted and enraged by elected officials who put self-enrichment and ego-gratification above the basic human principle of doing no harm.
A politician in the opposition camp, he blamed the maneovourability of the central and state governments till mid-August that left the parents with no clarity. Had things been settled by March or so, thousands of students could have made a clear choice and moved on, the legislator said.
He also said the alleged nativity certificate scam, against which a petitioner has moved the Madras High Court, has made the situation even worse. It is said that many medical aspirants from other states, especially Kerala have secured seats under state government quota by producing fake domicile certificates.
In more stronger words, the DMK MLA said he is not able to digest the corrupt system in which bottom-feeders thrive through illegal means.
Thiagarajan holds a Ph.D in Human Factors Engineering obtained from State University of New York, Buffalo, and had worked for several international firms including Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore from where he quit as Managing Director (Financial Market Sales) in 2014 to take a plunge into Tamil Nadu politics.