Southern States Must Unite Under Dravidian Identity to Negotiate on Their Terms, Says Kamal Haasan

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Southern States Must Unite Under Dravidian Identity to Negotiate on Their Terms, Says Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan will announce his political party's name on February 21 at Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram and begin a state-wide tour the same day.

New  Delhi, Jan 18: Actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday gave a clarion call to people of South India to unite under a universal Dravidian identity. Haasan, who announced his entry into politics in November last year, said the unity of Southern states will be strong enough to dictate its terms to the central government. Haasan will be beginning his tour across the state from the residence of former president APJ Abdul Kalam in Ramanathapuram.

In his weekly article, Haasan cited the high revenue collection by the Centre from Tamil Nadu. Haasan said sharing of revenue remains a must any democracy where smaller states are dependent on help from the larger state. “Some say that (the Centre) is collecting taxes here (Tamil Nadu) and using it to develop north Indian states. My opinion is that is how it works in a joint family,” Haasan wrote. [Also read: Kamal Haasan to Name Political Party on Feb 21]

Haasan, who is also known as Ulaganayagan (world leader) among his fans, said the unity of the southern states will enable them to negotiate on their terms with the Centre.

“Chandrababu Naidu (CM, Andhra Pradesh), Chandrashekar Rao (CM, Telangana), Siddaramaiah (CM, Karnataka) and Pinarayi Vijayan (CM, Kerala) are all Dravidians. If the Dravidian identity is imbibed all over south India, the discrimination (from the Centre) which we complain about now will vanish. Together, our voices will become a loud chorus that will allow us to talk to Delhi,” he wrote.

Kamal Haasan will announce his political party’s name on February 21 at Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram and begin a state-wide tour the same day. The tour will be held in phases. He will begin the journey from Ramanathapuram — his hometown — and later visit people from the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai.