…says Ajith, who asks instead that corrupt leaders return the money they swindled
The Tamil film industry has always shown solidarity in issues that affect it and the recent one-day fast it staged to protest the service tax imposed also proved this. Thala Ajith, who has been closely watching the current state of affairs in the country and in the film industry here, seems to be upset and wondering where we are heading as a nation. He told CT, “Now there’s a hike in railway fares. What next? It’s not about service tax alone. Instead of hiking fares and taxing the successful, if only the corrupt leaders who have swindled our country put their hands into their own pockets and return the money and develop infrastructure in our country, India would probably be rated among the top ten richest and developed nations!”
He added, “If people are made to believe that the British swindled India before they left India, think again. Our corrupt leaders have done much more damage to India. God save our country!”
According to a source, it seems the actor shared a quote by Winston Churchill with close friends to express his anguish. Apparently, when the British parliament in 1947 debated about the independence for India and Pakistan, the British conservative politician had remarked, “Power will go to rascals, rogues, freebooters. . . .All leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. . .They’ll have sweet tongues and silly hearts. . .They will fight amongst themselves for power and the two countries will be lost in political squabbles. . . .A day would come when even air and water will be taxed.” This quote seems to have got Ajith’s attention as he felt it was relevant to the present-day situation in India.
Source: Times of India (Dated: 11-1-2013)