Veteran actor Kamal Haasan joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cleanliness drive, the Swachh Bharat campaign, by wielding the broom on his 60th birthday at a lake in Chennai on November 7.
The actor, who was nominated by Modi last month when the Prime Minister launched the programme, wielded the broom at the Rajakilpakkam lake in Chennai and was joined by scores of his fans and his monitored welfare movement.
The self-confessed atheist star expressed joy over being 'recognised' by the Prime Minister and said, "We are religion-free and colourless as far as politics is concerned."We hope this movement is strengthened," he added reiterating his earlier statement that today's effort was nothing new for him or his supporters as "we have been doing this for a long time". Such an effort was part of nation-building exercise, he said, welcoming more people to join him.
Elsewhere, volunteers of Kamal Haasan's organization Narpani Iyakkam (Welfare Club), who are cleaning Madhambakkam lake in Chennai on Friday, announced that they will adopt and clean 25 lakes in Tamil Nadu.
"Cleaning India's fresh water bodies is critical and needs to be done on a war footing. All our water bodies are being converted into sewer drains and dumpyards. This has to change and the society needs to understand the significance of conserving these water bodies," read a statement."Thus, All India Kamal Haasan Narpani Iyakkam's volunteers will join hands with the Environmentalists Foundation of India's team of research volunteers to adopt and clean 25 lakes across Tamil Nadu. This entire effort will be scientific and sustainable," added the statement.