By Prarthana Mitra
Maiam Whistle is not the latest Tamil blockbuster but it does involve Southern superstar Kamal Hassan, who formally launched his political career on Monday, by unveiling his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s app in Chennai.
The app, coined by Hassan as “Maiam Whistle” is meant to be a citizen’s platform to raise their individual and collective voices against corruption.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 30, 2018
Here’s what happened
Hassan announced yesterday that Maiam Whistle is available for download and use on Android and iOS platforms from April 30.
Calling it “an app for people to connect” at the launch in Chennai, Hassan said he hopes it will provide a platform to the masses to express their grievances and bring social, administrative and civic issues to the government’s notice.
He describes the app as a tool to blow the whistle on various issues from environmental pollution and civic negligence to corruption and crime.
Why you should care
In a pre-party launch event last year, Hassan had said, “I will not deposit the funds in Swiss banks. Instead, I will try to bring back our money that is lodged in the Swiss banks.” The app will help his newly-founded party by converting Hassan’s wide fan base into a credible vote bank but also enable him to reach out to them for party funding.
In the promotional video for his party and the associated app, Hassan has urged everyone to come forward with their opinions and play an active role in shaping the democracy they want, not remain a silent spectator.
Created along the lines to fight against corruption, Maiam-Whistle gives citizens a direct line to their local government representatives when confronted with social evils and injustice. However, only time will tell if affirmative steps and timely action will be taken by those in power, based on the complaints brought to attention via Hassan’s app.
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