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  Opinion   Edit  16 Dec 2020  AA Edit | ‘Reckless’ Kamal Haasan

AA Edit | ‘Reckless’ Kamal Haasan

Published : Dec 16, 2020, 6:46 am IST
Updated : Dec 16, 2020, 6:46 am IST

He even pledges to make ministers out of at least 20 women when the mantle falls on him

Kamal Hassan
 Kamal Hassan

In the electoral marketplace, do good intentions alone sell? This is a mind boggling question that crops up when actor Kamal Haasan, launching his campaign for the Tamil Nadu state Assembly elections of 2021, reels out a list of public inconveniences that governments hardly bother to address. He also raises serious questions. Like, what’s the need for a new Parliament building?

But he also seems to get carried away by the crowds that turn up for his meetings. ‘Gangs come together for money but it’s a revolution when people congregate for an ideal,’ he exulted on Twitter presuming that the throngs at Madurai and Usilampatti were there to join him in his mission to eliminate corruption.

Of course, it is not just from Central rulers that he demands answers but also from those holding the reins in the state. Aptly underlining the hypocrisy of a ruling party top honcho’s suggestion for alternating power between a man and a woman in a single term, he pointed out that the party does not have even a single woman as a district secretary. He even pledges to make ministers out of at least 20 women when the mantle falls on him. Things that sounds really nice.

Haasan even boasts of growing up on the lap of M.G. Ramachandran, the former chief minister popularly known as MGR who remained invincible in politics during his time. But does that privilege make him the inheritor of MGR’s political legacy or do people see in him a modern MGR?

Whatever people see in him, when Mr Haasan cocks a snook at popular sentiments, he diminishes his prospects.

By promising to hand over TASMAC shops to private retailers or plumping for the commonly contentious NEET or openly supporting the vice-chancellor of Anna University, who is seen as most parties in the state as an intruder imposed on them, one cannot garner votes in Tamil Nadu, even if as MGR himself.  

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