Describing himself as 'media-shy', the actor asked journalists to give him some leeway till he learnt the ropes of politics.

Want to create a political revolution says Rajinikanth in his first interaction with the media
news Politics Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 19:37

Just two days after he announced that he will be joining politics, superstar Rajinikanth held an informal meet with the media on Tuesday.

While he refused to entertain any questions related to his ongoing political journey, he did mention that he wanted to create a political revolution.

"Tamil Nadu has historically been a place of major political happenings. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi started wearing the loincloth. I too want to create a political revolution. If there is change now, future generations will live better," he said at the meet.

Rajinikanth added that in order to fulfil his aim of creating a revolution he required the media's 'cooperation'.

Describing himself as 'media-shy', the actor asked journalists to give him some leeway till he learnt the ropes. "I am media shy and have always been this way. Now that I have come into politics, I am still not sure how to handle the media," he laughed.

The superstar even recalled how he used to work as a proofreader for a media organisation several decades ago.

"I will definitely give interviews and hold press meets as we go forward. But today, I wanted to see the faces behind the mics and the cameras," he said.

He also explained the symbol that appeared in his social media video, asking Tamil Nadu residents to register on rajinimandram.org. The symbol, unofficially called the Baba mudra, is increasingly touted to be the official logo of his soon-to-be-announced party. He said that it is a yoga mudra; the snake surrounding the hand, he says, depicts divinity. A similar pattern can be seen in the Ramakrishna Mission's logo. 

The symbol was first seen in the 2002 film Baba, where he plays an atheist who develops faith after a meeting with Mahavatar Babaji, a sage who was reportedly spotted in the Himalayas between 1861 and 1935.

A-decade-and-a half later, when the actor announced his political entry in December 2017, the stage had the same symbol seated on a lotus. In subsequent communications with the media, however, the lotus disappeared but the symbol remained.

 

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