Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan supported actor Surya after he was criticised by the ruling AIADMK and the BJP for his comments on the draft National Education Policy 2019.
"I agree with many of the points Suriya raises. I condemn the autocratic attitude of centre and state," the Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief tweeted, adding that he had every right to talk about education because his family "does a lot for educational development of the poor".
Suriya Sivakaumar, speaking at his Foundation’s event in Chennai, claimed the policy tried to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states by making it a mandatory third language for students. He also said that people were "angered and anguished" about the policy focusing on entrance exams and failing to provide "quality and equitable education for students".
Kadambur Raju, an AIADMK minister, rejected actor Surya’s remarks as "half baked". Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan , the state BJP chief, said, "Those who don't know anything about education comment on draft education policy". Her colleague H Raja added, "Suriya is attempting to disturb peace".