The actor has said that 'TN has sunk to the lowest depth' and that he will be speaking about the state at the India Conference in Harvard.

Kamal Haasan to speak about Tamil Nadu in Harvards India ConferenceFile photo: PTI
news Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 16:04

Actor turned politician Kamal Haasan will deliver the keynote address at Harvard University on February 10. He will speak about the issues plaguing Tamil Nadu, which he feels has "sunk to the lowest depth."

This will be the actor's second appearance at the University. In his address to the Harvard Business School in 2016, Kamal Haasan had spoken on the subject of Freedom of Expression.

The actor, who has repeatedly confirmed his entry into active electoral politics, will be speaking about Tamil Nadu and the issues plaguing the state at the annual India Conference of the University.

In a statement, Kamal said, "The topic is Tamil Nadu. I chose to speak on it out of sheer necessity. Our state has sunk to the lowest depth. It is affecting my dignity as a man, even more as a Tamilian."

As part of his 'journey of learning and discovery', Kamal Haasan is set to embark on a tour of Tamil Nadu starting on February 21 this year. The tour is titled 'Naalai Namadhe' (Tomorrow is ours).

"I yearn to see my state rise to the height it deserves. The rise of my state will translate into the rise of my nation. Harvard is a seat of learning like our Nalanda University. If only we had continued that tradition without any break, we would have been holding such seminars at least 200 years back.

These platforms are important and can't be neglected. This is going to be an engagement with more fortunate minds who availed an opportunity to seek knowledge. A place that dispenses knowledge, for money or free, is still a seat of wisdom. Having their ears, even though only momentarily, is a great opportunity," he said.

Kamal is set to kick off his political journey from late President Abdul Kalam's house in Ramanathapuram district which also happens to be the actor's birth place. He is also expected to reveal the name of his party at the venue.