Dravidian identity should be expanded to all South Indian states: Kamal Haasan

Dravidian identity should be expanded to all South Indian states: Kamal Haasan

Dravidian identity should be expanded to all South Indian states: Kamal Haasan
Veteran star Kamal Haasan today said the term 'Dravidian' should be expanded beyond Tamil Nadu to all southern states which will help dictate terms to the central government.

"Dravidian is not related to Tamil Nadu alone. If we celebrate Dravidian across South India this discrimination would end." he said. Kamal said he intended to launch his political tour of Tamil Nadu on February 21 from the residence of late President APJ Abdul Kalam at Ramanathapuram, which is also the hometown of the actor.  Kamal made the comments in a weekly column in Tamil weekly 'Ananda Vikatan.'

The top actor said he too shared the vision of Kalam who dreamt of a "good Tamil Nadu." By launching his political tour from the residence of the late leader, he would be moving forward towards that goal, the actor said. Haasan, recalling his conversation with the former President while travelling in a flight years ago, hailed Kalam for his great qualities.

Praising Kalam, the actor said he lost opportunities to visit the late leader's residence at Ramanathapuram. Recalling that for him too Ramanathapuram was the hometown where he was born, Kamal said he felt that he should visit Kalam's residence by creating an opportunity this time round. "I think that I should start my tour from his (Kalam's) residence." The former president dreamt of leaving behind a "good Tamil Nadu," he said.

"I too have the same thought, I move towards that and my full-time job is not to be engaged only in criticism. My goal is people's development." Kamal had often faced criticism for trying to do politics only through "twitter." Yesterday, the actor said he seconded the view of his co-star Rajinikanth on ties between them saying "time is a good medicine."

Rajinikanth, when asked about forging ties with Kamal, had said yesterday that"only time will be able to tell that. Let us see in due course of time." Kamal, to a question on spiritual politics, however, said Rajinikanth and he will be pursuing their own respective political line of thoughts. Rajinikanth had spoken about spiritual politics while announcing his political debut. According to him, it meant a politics beyond caste, creed and religion and one that focused on good governance sans corruption.

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