Not Religion, Not Culture, Progress Is What Matters, Says Kamal Haasan

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Published by Vijay Sisodiya on 01 Oct 2018

Kamal Hasaan is one of the most respectable personalities of the South Indian film industry. The ace actor has also stepped in the world of politics this year in February and got a great response.

His political party Makkal Needhi Maiam got a great welcome and within 48 hours, 201,597 people registered to join the Tamil film icon’s party.

The politician says people in our country are busy debating trivial issues whereas the need of the hour is to rise above them.

As we all know, Kamal has never shied away from expressing his views on caste and religion. When the actor was asked about how important is it to address the real issues? He said, “It is very important. We have lost that dialogue. We are talking about everything else… We are trying to prove a point which does not exist. We are debating things that don’t matter at all.”

Talking about his decision to enter politics, his aspirations, his vision for the country and about contesting the Lok Sabha elections, Kamal said, “Yes, keep your religion, keep your culture, but progress as a nation is much more important than these debates. We are giving knee-jerk reactions to things which are not useful in everyday life or for the future generation. We (his party) are making that the focal point and that is what you have to talk about. The younger India is ready to talk about such issues.”

“Progress can’t be just my vision. It has to be a collective vision. You can take the example of China. Almost 30 years back, China had all the problems that we have, even much worse. And they changed it with a will. But then you say it was the only dictatorship that responsible for it. I beg to disagree. “America was not a dictatorship. There were many voices pulling in all directions, and still, progress happened.”

Kamal who made his debut in films when he was just three-years-old said, “(Things change) when people take the onus of building the nation, not just a few contracted people designated by the larger crowd, who are themselves busy going about their everyday chores or trying to reach office on time. They have to spend some time to build the nation.”

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