Veteran actor Kamal Haasan Wednesday launched his new political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, which roughly means Centre for People’s Justice, at Madurai’s Othakadai Ground. He also unveiled the party’s symbol — six arms interlinked around a star. It is notable that the colour scheme of the flag and logo echo the colours of the Dravidian Movement – black and red. The addition of white reflects the colour’s addition to the Dravidian pantheon through the launch of the AIADMK by MG Ramachandran in 1972.
“I am your tool, not your leader,” Kamal Haasan said at the beginning of his speech after unveiling the party’s name and flag. He also spoke of the latent anger among the people of the state with the politics, and said his new party would offer the solution to the corruption that he said had taken over Tamil Nadu’s politics.
Kamal Hassan made short speeches en route to Madurai, where he would announce the name of his party and its policies. He said, “I am no more a movie star. From now on, I will be a lamp at your home.”
The launch of the party is the culmination of a day which Kamal began with a visit to the memorial of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.