Recently, a viral image of iconic actor Rajinikanth bowing to Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during a meeting in Lucknow has stirred discussions and debates. The actor’s gesture, rooted in his habit of paying respects to sanyasis and yogis, has led to a diverse range of opinions.
An Act of Reverence Amidst Controversy
Rajinikanth, known for his unwavering values, clarified that his practice of touching the feet of sanyasis and yogis transcends age differences. However, this simple gesture has sparked a controversy, particularly in Tamil Nadu, where discussions are arising about whether it is appropriate for a 72-year-old actor to pay respects to a Chief Minister significantly younger than him.
Values and Accountability in the Limelight
Amid the discussions, Rajinikanth’s consistent adherence to his principles is resonating with the public. His commitment to tradition and cultural practices, irrespective of public opinion, showcases his unwavering accountability to his values. This aspect of his character is receiving appreciation from various quarters.
Debating Political Implications
Coincidentally, the timing of this incident, coupled with the looming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, adds a layer of intrigue. While the actor refrained from discussing politics, the picture’s release has fueled speculation about potential political strategies in South India, particularly in relation to the Bharatiya Janata Party.