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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.