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Now, NRI ‘paappa’ the face of anti-NEET campaign

Covai Post Network

Campaigns on justice for Anitha and against NEET are underway across seas, especially in the US where a considerable number of Tamil population live. Now, a 9-year-old Non-Residential Indian Tamil girl living in the US has become the face of anti-NEET campaign in the Internet.

A 3-minute video of her standing up for the cause NEET challenger Anitha stood for is going viral. Wait, it would pop as ‘Jimikki Kammal Girls Dance Video’, a trick by the Tamil Video Gallery admins to make cinema-crazy people open the post, but after a minute or so, it would show the kid speaking in American English for Anitha.

The girl whose name is given as Ms V, daughter of a human rights advocate Parthiban Shanmugam living in America, gives an inspirational talk on the story of S Anitha, a 17-year-old from Kuzhumur in Ariyalur district who ended her life after she failed to make it to medical college despite scoring 1176 marks with a cut-off of 196.75 because of the BJP-led central government basing medical admission only on National Eligibility cum’Entrance Test (NEET) score.

Ms V says she did not celebrate a special occasion, her dad’s birthday, in her house because of Anitha’s death and more so because both their fathers shared the same name Shanmugam.

The kid puts forth a question to all those mocking about Anitha’s suicide and going blah, blah over what she should have and she should not have done: “Who are we to say what she should have done?”

Feeling privileged studying molecular biology in the US, the 5th grader, who is supposed to be only in the 4th grade, hopes that the Government of India will back out on its “stupidity” and make it possible for all children to be able to get to studying in for taking the test.

She tells in a stern voice: “Instead of mocking at her, go to court and stand up for what she stood up,”and then gives out a piece of advice: “Just don’t commit suicide because if you don’t get what you want, there is always another way. And you may even get something better than what you want.”

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