After a 17-year-old Dalit girl who spearheaded the fight against NEET committed suicide earlier this week, actor Kamal Haasan today said he’s no longer going to “wear a mask” like others.
His remark was a response to a participant of Big Boss, a weekend show he hosts. He’d been asked why he hadn’t yet entered politics.
The daughter of a daily-wage earner, Anitha hanged herself after she didn’t do well enough in the National Entrance and Eligibility Test. She had outstanding higher secondary school exam grades.
Anitha had appealed before the Supreme Court against NEET-based medical exams. After her death, massive protests erupted in Chennai and in other parts of Tamil Nadu. Several political parties and student bodies took to the streets to demand that NEET be scrapped.
‘SOLUTION WITHIN NEXT YEAR’
Kamal Haasan today openly supported the demand for Tamil Nadu’s exemption from NEET, and advised youngsters not to be complacent.
“Don’t rely on elders, you are the elders of tomorrow. Just because you did an agitation don’t think it’s over, we need to find a solution within next year,” he said.
He also appeared to ask people to unite for a common cause.
“If you think freedom is just to breathe free air, you are wrong as there is more to it, and if you call this a freedom struggle, yes it is,” he said.