Is Politics Qualified to Disqualify Anyone?

January 15, 2022

Is Politics Qualified to Disqualify Anyone?

Padmini Arhant

Here is the irony. In a nation touted the world’s largest democracy is represented by the Chief executive and majority legislative members at the national and state level whose educational qualifications are self-certified to justify their various positions in disguise as public service.

The reality on politics’ service is their pledge of allegiance and commitment to oligarchy, domestic organizations, campaign financiers and last but not the least the foreign global power.

This is not unique to any specific nation or domain. Sadly it is prevalent in most parts of the world with global syndicate dominance installing governments and reining universal control.

The individuals from rank and file to the top most in hierarchy as authority possess credentials except genuine talent exceeding any measures in corruption, criminality, deception, deceit and violations of all types ranging from trust to individual rights and life of the people electing them to public office.

Most of them proving their competence or the lack thereof evidenced in failure of governance and leadership. Besides, the national status quo with respect to overwhelming majority forced into deteriorating economic, education, health and social standards are verifiably the proof of the pudding.

These individuals enacting laws and legislations while exempting them from the rules and regulations as prime violators are veterans in enforcing anything found detrimental to ordinary lives and people in lower middle, poorer and poorest economic strata.

The controversial NEET – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Indian students in India seeking enrollment in undergraduate medical course has long been subject to debate and discussion.

The students are required to meet the criteria prior to admission for undergraduate medical degree. This is nothing new as there has been synonymous entrance exam like Pre-Medical course requirement in the northern regions of India perhaps replaced with NEET introduced by Congress government earlier and continued by the ruling BJP in New Delhi.

Although on surface, the national government rule might appear to be beneficial in the selection process with the best and brightest pursuing the medical course to save lives in society,

The real life situation is anything but smooth and straightforward.

In fact, the students with ambitions in medical career especially from a disadvantaged economic and social background despite excelling in the NEET exam are denied admission. 

The worst is the meritorious are displaced with preferential nepotism enrollment.  The wealthy and influential progeny – i.e.  industrialists, politicians and celebrities’ offsprings with below average percentage or even failures enrolled through bribes and incentives are common. The medical and engineering degrees bought outright with a price tag is not ruled out in the category with money power traded over merit.

In this regard, the practice is in semblance with educational institutions overseas including the United States elite premium education granted to politicians, prominent members and celebrities’ descendants in the reserved quota secured via endowments that are essentially bribes in corruption culture.

In India, the agonizing experience has led to tragic events with NEET qualified candidates deprived of opportunity committing suicide in the state of Tamil Nadu. As a result of these consequences, Tamil Nadu citizens – the students in particular are generally opposed to NEET exam.

They urge the central government to allow students in competing on the academic performance results from high school graduation rather than filtering under the pretext of NEET predominantly favoring students not necessarily qualified considering the short cuts and nefarious means finding their way in enrollment for medical course.

The stealthiest truth in contemporary era is ;

What if similar National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for politics were to be mandatory?

Almost the entire political class and establishment would be disqualified and ineligible to serve in different capacity beginning with the head of the state, the second or third in line and so on including cabinet ministers in critical positions demanding not only acumen and relevant expertise but also ethical efficacy. 

The unqualified determining the otherwise qualified candidacy as not suitable is the paradoxical paradigm exacerbating social and economic miseries world over.

Padmini Arhant 

Author & Presenter


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