The film industry observed a day-long fast yesterday to express solidarity with Gandhian Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite fast in New Delhi to press the Union Government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.
The Bill seeks to bring every Indian citizen indulging in corrupt deeds under its purview, thereby making even the Prime Minister of the country accountable.
Superstar Rajinikanth, who is taking rest following his return to Chennai from Singapore during mid-July, didn’t take part in the fast as he had to follow a prescribed diet and take medicines. In a statement, though, the ‘man of the masses’ has expressed his appreciation of the non-violent protest by Hazare. He has also described the 74-year old Hazare as his ‘hero’.
The statement issued by Rajinikanth said: “Without an iota of doubt, it is certain the corruption is the single-most disease affecting the polity today. I whole-heartedly appreciate Anna Hazare who is trying his best to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed in Parliament. I feel happy that we have got an able leader in Hazare to raise voice against corruption in the country.
“My heart goes out to Anna in his mission to get the Bill enacted by the Parliament. I would also like to appreciate my fellow country-men who have joined the issue with Hazare in various parts of the country. Only in India can such a protest, sans bloodshed, become a mass movement. I’m really proud to be an Indian,” the statement concluded thus.