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Ac­tor, Di­rec­tor, Pro­ducer and Founder of Makkal Needhi Ma­iam, Ka­mal Haasan, re­cently ad­dressed the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Meet­ing (NECM) of FICCI in Chennai on 9 May 2018. The cham­ber has had a time-hon­oured re­la­tion­ship with Haasan as he was part of FICCI's En­ter­tain­ment Com­mit­tee. Dur­ing his as­so­ci­a­tion with FICCI, he led sev­eral en­gage­ments and the en­tire in­dus­try im­mensely ben­e­fit­ted from his lead­er­ship and ef­forts.

It was a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mit­tee mem­bers to hear Haasan's views, who has ex­em­pli­fied the def­i­ni­tion of a true tal­ent. Speak­ing on glob­al­iza­tion and pro­tec­tion­ism dur­ing a spe­cial ses­sion of the NECM, he said that pro­tec­tion­ism was a knee-jerk re­ac­tion and there was no need to fol­low Europe as In­dia has its own philoso­phies. He stressed that the di­ver­sity of the na­tion calls for a fed­eral out­look and we do have to fight for re­gional rights.

To en­sure bright fu­ture of In­dia and Tamil Nadu, there was a need to sup­port small busi­nesses, which would re­sult in gen­er­at­ing more job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Em­pha­siz­ing the need for small en­trepreneurs fur­ther, he said, 'I truly be­lieve that the sur­vival of Tamil Nadu would rely on small en­trepreneurs. There must be more em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion and en­gi­neers try­ing for the post of vil­lage ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers must stop. The new "Satya­graha of the Na­tion" must be about de­vel­op­ing skill in ev­ery ver­ti­cal,' he said.

Stat­ing that the past 15 years were not good for the state, he felt in­dus­try, politi­cians and the gov­ern­ment should think about the fu­ture. ‘There is an ur­gent need to at­tend to the prob­lems plagu­ing the state and I will give my ears to the in­dus­try and work with them.’ The onus is on us to raise our voice and think ahead. For the in­tegrity and unity of the na­tion, we must all get to­gether, one ver­ti­cal at a time and this is one ver­ti­cal I am proud to ad­dress, he added.

Quot­ing Ma­hatma Gandhi, Haasan said, 'There is enough for ev­ery­body's need, but not enough for ev­ery man's greed'. 'At the Makkal Needhi Ma­iam, we are work­ing with a group in Har­vard and work­ing on our poli­cies. We re­lay our groundlevel prob­lems af­fect­ing the in­dus­try and re­ceive good ad­vice,' he added.

He said, 'We have adopted few vil­lages and fought for causes and have been cham­pi­ons for gram

sab­has, which were for­got­ten. We al­most had to re-in­tro­duce it to the vil­lages. And would like to be the cham­pion for the in­dus­try also.'

Re­spond­ing to the Cau­very dis­pute be­tween Tamil Nadu and Kar­nataka, he said, 'It is not such an in­sur­mount­able prob­lem. If pol­i­tics will just stand aside, logic will come in place, lo­gis­tics will come in place, then we can quickly solve the prob­lem.'

I truly be­lieve that the sur­vival of Tamil Nadu would rely on small en­trepreneurs. There must be more em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion and en­gi­neers try­ing for the post of vil­lage ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers must stop. The new "Satya­graha of the Na­tion" must be about de­vel­op­ing skill in ev­ery ver­ti­cal.

Haasan de­buted as a child artiste in the film Kalathoor Kan­namma and since then, he has starred in nearly 200 films in the ma­jor In­dian lan­guages – Tamil, Tel­ugu, Kan­nada, Malay­alam and Hindi. With an avid in­ter­est in ev­ery as­pect of film­mak­ing, he is known for his work as a chore­og­ra­pher, di­rec­tor, and writer, as well.

We all have been avid view­ers of his movies and now as he dons a new role with his en­try into In­dian pol­i­tics, we hope to see in­no­va­tions in so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of not just Tamil Nadu but the en­tire coun­try.

Ka­mal Haasan, Ac­tor, Di­rec­tor, Pro­ducer and Founder of Makkal Needhi Ma­iam, ad­dress­ing FICCI’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Meet­ing in Chennai. Also seen are Rashesh Shah, Pres­i­dent, FICCI (left) and Sandip So­many, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, FICCI.

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