With much concern for Tamilnadu and for you,the future trustees of this sacred soil, i write this long and thoughtful letter. Please take your time to read through it patiently.Your participation in this process means a world to me.
You must have observed my words and deeds and the way I have carried myself all along my career in the cinema industry, public life andmy other creative and expressive works with pen and paper. As a cinema artiste, had it been only for the fame and fortune, I could have easily ignored the recent socio-political and socio-economic developments in our society. But, my revered love for mother tongue, Tamil, and its people never allowed me to ignore, instead galvanized and transformed me to become a responsible writer and reformer for a cause, concerned only with the welfare of the land and its people.
Its no surprise, the recent developments forced our people to lose hope and trust over the Judiciary, The Legislative Assembly, The Parliament, and the Media, once considered the cornerstones of our democracy. As the mainstream media failed and faded away on moral grounds, the social media gained more prominence and acceptance. The social media provided the youth and student fraternity with an excellent platform not only to share their views but also to vent out their resentments. The student fraternity seems to have a clear understanding about politics and this staggering political awareness have started leading to many meaningful and progressive discussion forums. Their social media exchanges demonstrate the maturity of the youth, despite their deep-rooted frustrations and anguish over the way political class conducts itself.
Moreover, the recent Jallikattu protest sites have also equipped them very well with a more practical and hands on experience and exposure to propel them forward, what the education system had deprived them of, all these years. They have clearly understood the harsh reality that social justice and survival is highly dependent on protests. They are just maneuvering a wait and watch approach. They have clearly understood the necessity to be on their own. It was much evident from the recent Jallikattu protest, showcasing a mature and very well controlled aggression, setting a new global benchmark, on how to protest peacefully.
Now, we are staring at a strange situation, wherein the criminals are getting lined up to loot, out number the ones who are looting, and the ones already looted us all. And if someone is to be held responsible for this situation, its only we, the people, who failed to exercise the vote with due responsibility and forethought. This lack of knowledge and understanding, led us to the present situation where politics considered once a service to the people and nation, becoming a thriving and the most profitable business opportunity at the cost of people.
TN would have been in the first place, had we exercised our votes consciously, without falling prey to the freebies and temporary monetary benefits. Had we voted consciously, farmers wouldn’t have to face these dire consequences of waiting a whole day to get 1 kg of raw rice for the Pongal festival, after having given their entire produce to the society? It is these types of painful and pathetic circumstances which pushed all the farmers, to force their sons and daughters to equip themselves and look out for any other job, but farming. It is high time, the next generation needs to get into farming only then our future generations will have food on their plates.
If we all could connect and consolidate the 12.5 million youth, the future belongs to us. This consolidation and unified voice will empower us to decide our future course and to dissolve all our problems. To achieve this marvelous feat, we need a forum, a movement, to identify the honest, genuine and like minded people to address our key socio-economic issues. This responsibility lies with each and every one of us, the socially aware youth who consider themselves accountable to and for the sake of our society. Though we have realized it on individual basis, its time we need to work as a team to voice our views and concerns for the well being of our society. Since long, socially conscious people and well wishers have been insisting me to initiate and spearhead a movement to reach out to the people in an organized manner, primarily to address the sensitive social issues which I kept avoiding citing time and other professional constraints. Being the need of the hour, one such movement has become very inevitable to our wholesome progress. So, I have decided to join hands with the like minded youth to form a movement. This movement is for you, the progressive youth. It is to be trusted with you. My only wish is to create the right and versatile platform, nourish it and pass it on, back to you to take this forward progressively.
This movement will empower us to further the cause of the people as well as to extend the boundaries of public work. Its time, to eliminate the political business class!
Its time, to instill the social accountability class!!
Come, let all of us join hands and create the right ecosystem.
ARISE.AWAKE.THE HOUR IS NOW.
Please use the following link to join yourself in our journey towards a new movement.
- Thankar Bachan