Bollywood actor and South superstar Kamal Haasan has taken to social media to pen an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his long letter, the actor-turned-politician said that the PM Modi’s vision failed. He also called his 21 days lockdown implantation ‘ill-planned’. Kamal Haasan wrote that in his first letter, he wrote on March 23, he had urged the government to not lose sight of the plight of the unsung heroes of our society, the most downtrodden, the weak and the dependent. But the very next day, an immediate lockdown was announced in a demonetisation style.
A part of his letter reads, “My biggest fear is that the same mistake of demonetisation is being repeated albeit at a much bigger scale. While demonetisation led to the loss of savings and livelihood of the poorest, this ill-planned lockdown is leading us to a fatal combination of loss of both life and livelihood. The poor have nobody to look up to except you sir. On one hand, you are asking the more privileged people to put up a spectacle of lights while on the other hand, the poor man’s plight is itself becoming a shameful spectacle. While your world lit up oil diyas in their balconies, the poor are struggling to gather enough oil to bake their next roti. Your last two addresses to the nation had you trying to calm the people which is necessary in these trying times but there is something more urgent as well as important than that.”
“These psychotherapy techniques can address the first world anxiety problems of the ‘haves’ who have a balcony to cheer. But what about those who don’t even have a roof on their heads? I am sure you don’t want to be a balcony government only for the balcony people by completely ignoring the poor who are biggest constituent of our society, our support system and the foundation on which the middle-class, the well-to-do and the rich build their lives. The poor man never makes it to the front page news but his contribution to nation-building both in spirit and in GDP cannot be ignored. He has a majority stake in the nation. History has proven that any efforts to destroy the bottom has led to the toppling of the top. Even science will agree here!” he adds
He concludes his letter saying, “We are angry but we are still on your side”
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