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Kamal Haasan apologises for supporting demonetisation

Kamal Haasan wrote that the sign of a good leader is one who accepts they committed a mistake. “If the PM accepts his mistake without being adamant, then one more salaam is waiting for him from me..."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2017 7:35 pm
Kamal Haasan political party, kamal haasan poliics, kamala haasan elections Kamal Hasaan wrote that the sign of a good leader is one who accepts they committed a mistake.

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has apologised for supporting the Centre’s demonetisation drive last November. In a column, titled “A big apology”, that appeared in Tamil magazine Vikatan, Kamal Haasan wrote: “I owe it to the people to apologise for supporting the plan in a hurry.”

The actor stated that there might have been a few problems in its implementation. “Many of my comrades and some people who understand economics called me and criticised me for my views. Later I consoled myself saying that while the plan was good, there may have been some problems with implementation,” he wrote.

Last November, Kalam Haasan joined many celebrities in hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decision to scrap old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. “Salute Mr. Modi. This move has to be celebrated across political party lines. Most importantly by earnest tax payers,” he had tweeted.

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A year after demonetisation, the Opposition claimed that the country’s economy has slowed down. Demonetisation had a negative impact on manufacturing, especially small-scale industries and those in the informal sector, they alleged.

Kamal Hasaan wrote that the sign of a good leader is one who accepts they committed a mistake. “If the PM accepts his mistake without being adamant, then one more salaam is waiting for him from me. The sign of a good leader is when they can rectify their mistakes and more importantly when the can accept they made a mistake. Gandhi was able to do it, today also it is possible.”

It is rumoured that the actor has been looking to enter into active electoral politics. He has been meeting political leaders from cutting across party lines. Recently, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Haasan at his Chennai residence. Kejriwal said he shares the same ideology as Haasan and hoped the actor would join him in the fight against corruption.

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  1. V
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    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    Mr. Kamal Hasan’s sole concern appears to be about corruption as he rarely talks about other matters including poverty alleviation. The reason for the association he sought with Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is that Mr. Kejriwal had at one time associated himself with Anna Hazare in crusade against corruption. Mr.Kamal Hasan seems to be oblivious of Kejriwal’s having ceased soon after coming to power to be an active and ardent prac ioner of anti-corruption campaign.
    1. K
      Oct 20, 2017 at 9:53 am
      Abki Baar Hassan Sarkar. Modi Nikla Sabsey Bekaar.
      1. Venkateshan Chandramouli
        Oct 20, 2017 at 9:30 am
        Please don't consider kamal Ji seriously. He has a habit of joking now and then. He may change his statement tomorrow if the scene changes. Any way nice reading the jokes here made by sir kamal ji. I hope he will continue to entertain the people with some big jokes like this. Vanakkam Talaiwa. We know you are a great comedian actor thank you
        1. T
          Oct 20, 2017 at 9:56 am
          So we should only take serious the Biggest Liar Feku the worst PM in Indian History who turned India into Africa. What about Mota Tadi Paar Genda whose son made 80 crores out of only fifty thousands from demonetization and immediately close the company to cover up biggest loot. Do we take them seriously Mr. Andh Bhakt.
        2. K
          Oct 20, 2017 at 8:48 am
          Kamal Hassan can be hundred time better PM than Feku who talks too much but do not know how to walk on his talk. Hassan For Next PM. If it would have been western country the PM would have resigned long ago taking moral responsiblity of failure and destroying Country's economy with Demonetization. Kamal Hassan is a Greatest Leader of our time who talk less but has brilliance and leadership qualities to deliver most. Feku must step aside and hand over power to Hassan.
          1. K
            Oct 20, 2017 at 7:29 am
            Modi Has Made Turned India into "Mini Africa" and as a Great Leader of Nation Kamal Hassan the True Brahaman will try to fix not matter Fake Brahmins of RSS/BJP involved in Biggest Beef Export in the world may do everything to prevent Kamal Hassan from doing it. Unless a person is a good human he cannot be a Hindu or Muslim and these Murderous politicians are even worse than ISIS because they kill more innocent still never face justice in this world but may pay forever after dying in the court of God.
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