NEET – Root Cause !
– Dr. Thani Kumar Cheran
All of us agree completely, with full justification, that NEET must be repealed immediately. Many learned scholars and legal experts have already written and also spoken with authentication detailing the devastating effects it has on Tamil Nadu. NEET provides undue advantage to the wealthy and those in the city at the expense of the poor people and rural population. This is only the tip of the iceberg. NEET is not just a social issue alone; it is only a symptom of a much larger and worse ominous threat and huge danger looming in front of us. The Government of India has always been scheming to usurp whatever little powers the State Governments have and surreptitiously forcing Hindi and the North Indian culture and hegemony on us which will eventually reduce the Tamil language and Tamil race to nothing.
As you all know, the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution/bill against NEET declaring that it should not be thrust on us, we don’t want it and it must be repealed. In spite of the fact that it is a long time since this resolution was passed, the Delhi-wallahas are sitting on it without taking action. The Delhi establishment is against us. The Supreme Court is already packed with Bharatha puthrar judges.
Unlike in the United States of America where the individual States enjoy enormous power and authority, in India all the powers are vested in the Union Government in New Delhi. This is “the” fundamental problem and root cause! Those who framed the Constitution of India this wrong way are the main culprits and our enemies — leave alone the fact that BJP, Congress, and all other North Indian parties are ganging together against our interests.
As we all know, India is a Subcontinent composed of several Nations with many languages and cultures. Recognizing this truth , in order to bring all the various National people together to fight against the British rule, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi asked the Congress party’s committees to be reorganized on the basis of languages spoken in various parts of India. For example, the erstwhile Madras Presidency (yes, it was called Presidency in those days) consisted of people speaking Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Therefore, instead of one Congress Committee for the entire Madras Presidency, several committees were formed on the basis of the languages: Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on the basis of Tamil, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee on the basis of Telugu, and so on. (Note: Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, not Thamizhagam Congress Committee.)
As early as 1921, the Congress party passed a resolution that the States in India, after obtaining independence, would be formed on the basis of languages, i.e, reorganize India as Linguistic States.
In addition, Congress party proclaimed that all the powers would rest with the States, except the following four:
- Foreign affairs
- Internal communications, and
In an interview given to an English media in 1946 ( just one year before the British left India), M K Gandhi re-iterated that ” all the States in India (of course, the linguistic States) would enjoy the same powers as the Central Government in New Delhi”.
Alas! Gandhi was assassinated by an RSS fanatic, on January 30, 1948 — just five months after ‘independence’ from the British.
Did the followers of Gandhi keep the policies and resolutions of the Congress party and the promise of Gandhi ? No.
As mentioned earlier, the Constitution of India was written (it came into force in 1950) such that all the powers are vested in the Union Government. The States can have only those powers that Delhi is willing — rather, condescending — to give. That means, it can take back the powers it gives to the States. Delhi is the boss and the States are subordinates! Sort of municipalities. The Governor of the State is an agent of Delhi, not elected by the people of the respective States. The bills/resolutions passed by the State Assembly will have to get the approval of the President of India to become the law. President is only a titular head and he/she acts on the advice of the Union Government!
During the Constituent Assembly proceedings, there were very strong and heated arguments when the language issue was debated. South Indian leaders ( T. A. Ramalingam Chettiar , N. G. Ranga, N. Gopalaswamy Iyengar and others) vehemently opposed Hindi to be the official language of India on the grounds that it discriminates against them. Hindi fanatics ( K M Munshi, Purushothama Das Tandan, and others) angrily shouted that “those who oppose Hindi should get out of India”. (We wish that they immediately opted to leave India and formed their own independent sovereign countries.) Jawaharlal Nehru advocated Hindustani which is basically Hindi. B. R. Ambedkar , who was the Chairman of the Committee that drafted the Constitution, was strongly in favor of Hindi. Not only that. He wanted a very strong Central government possessing all the powers. He argued that, ” only a strong Central Government would insure India to remain as one country.”
That is not the end of the story. Ambedkar vehemently opposed the formation of the linguistic States saying that India would be partitioned again on the basis of the languages and each linguistic group would establish its own country. When it became clear in the year 1955 that the States would definitely be reorganized on the basis of the languages spoken in the respective States, Ambedkar urged that Hindi should be the official languages in the States too! He wrote that, “Hindi should be the official language in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and other States “. ( It is noteworthy that he specifically mentioned Tamil Nadu, by name.)
B. R. Ambedkar was one of the main persons responsible for the devastating tragedy that we have been subjected to.
Ever wonder why BJP is in praise of Ambedkar quite often? BJP sees itself in Ambedkar! Both of them have the same views: Entire Subcontinent to be one Nation (i.e., Bharath) and all are Bharatha puthrars with Hindi as the language for everybody — damn Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, etc. Hell with Tamil Nationalism, etc.
Is it not ironical that those who are vehemently opposed to BJP and its policies are singing the glory of Ambedkar?
No true Tamil Nationalist can praise B. R. Ambedkar for what he has done to us.
Some can say that he was championing the cause of the scheduled caste people. No person with even an iota of humanity in him/her would ever tolerate the injustice inflicted and perpetrated on the downtrodden, persecuted people based on the abominable caste system in India and branding them as untouchables and ‘panchamars’. Ambedkar was not the only one who worked for eradicating the cruel caste system and treating the “Adhi Thamizharkal” on par with everybody else. Ramalinga Swamigal, Periyar EVR, AyodhiDasa Pandithar, Rettaimalai Srinivasan, ‘Silambu Selvar’ Ma. Po. Sivagnanam and other leaders also worked tirelessly for the same noble objective.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India — himself a historian who authored the highly acclaimed book, “Discovery of India”, a treatise on the history of India — has written that “there is no such thing as an Indian. There are only Punjabis, Bengalis, Tamils, Kashmiris and others. Only then an Indian”.
The Constitution of India in the present form must be scrapped completely and a new Constitution must be written with all the powers vested in the States, except the four departments mentioned earlier. And it must be based on Confederation.
Our work is cut out for us. We can most certainly achieve our cherished objective if we put our heart and soul into it and work tirelessly by joining with and/or creating progressive forces in other States.
– Dr. Thani Kumar Cheran