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Kamal unveils vision docu ahead of 2021 polls
Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan on Friday unveiled his party’s vision document, which includes salary for housewives, stopping doling of mere benefit and empowering people are some of components of ‘Enterprise Economy’ as part of ‘Reimagining Tamizh Nadu’ on Friday here.
“With the centrist ideology, at MNM we are on a special mission to bring about two-fold change. Reimagining Thamizh Nadu. Revolutionizing politics,” he said in the Vision document – Thamizh Nadu 2021.
On talks with Rajinikanth, Kamal said that there was scope for discussions with actor Rajinikanth, who is proposing to launch his political party. “Both of us have been speaking for the development of Tamil Nadu. It is possible that on some issues we have policy differences, but his comments in recent days appear to be non-partisan and in the interest of the state and country,” he said.
To a query on political alliance, he said that he believes all those who feel such a commonality of goals will come together. “We will cross the bridge when we come to it,” he said.
On the feasibility of forging an alliance sans the two Dravidian majors, the ruling AIADMK and the Opposition DMK, he said that people would respond on the basis of actual work and the MNM relied on the performance factor. “The process of forming a wonderful alliance has already begun with the people of Tamil Nadu,” he added.
Describing the philosophy as one of a ‘centrist Enterprise Economy,’ the 65-year-old said this would eliminate ‘favouritism based on caste, religion and left/right ideologies.’ Pursuing this would need leadership with integrity and clarity that went beyond “family politics,” which his party thought he could provide, and Tamil Nadu could aspire to be a “USD one trillion” economy, he said As regards the need for reimagining Tamil Nadu, the actor, in his vision document, said rampant corruption has belittled the state’s image and underutilised its potential to create a thriving economy.
According to him, prosperity to every Tamilian can be achieved on the back of an ‘enterprise economy’ that would generate jobs.
“Housework itself is a big job and should be paid commensurately. Paying housewives for doing their job is an idea whose time has truly come and we shall ensure it,” he said. He said, general lack of hunger and imagination fueled by mere welfare and electoral politics has left Tamil Nadu wanting and it is worrying the direction the state has been taking in the lastfew years. “We need to stop doling out mere benefits and empower our people with platforms to help them to achieve more via ambition and enterprise,” he said.
According to the document ‘Enterprise Politics’ will touch farmers, road-side vendors, self-help group participants, fishermen, small and big businessmen and bring prosperity for all.
Citing the prosperity of Japan and Singapore, the MNM president said that was possible due to visionary leaders who rose above petty politics and small interests.
According to him, enterprise is the greatest idea ever occurred to mankind, defining the very essence of human society, but Tamil Nadu seems to have missed the enterprise revolution bus.
Claiming that industrialists were not willing to invest in the state as the conditions were dismal and those who had already set up their facilities were feeling suffocated, Kamal said 50 big industrialists could speed up the economy, but so could five lakh small entrepreneurs whom the party would support.