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'India's first terrorist was Hindu': Kamal Haasan's remark on Godse sparks row

PTI
Published : May 13, 2019, 10:11 am IST
Updated : May 13, 2019, 2:21 pm IST

Earlier too, Haasan had stoked a row in November 2017, which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits.

Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has stoked a possible controversy. (Photo: File)
 Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has stoked a possible controversy. (Photo: File)

Aravakurichi: Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has stoked a possible controversy, saying free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu," referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Addressing an election campaign here last night, the actor-politician said he was one of those "proud Indians" who desires an India with equality and where the "three colours" in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, "remained intact."

"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts," he said.

Haasan said he had come here "seeking answers for that murder," referring to Gandhi's assassination in 1948.

"Good Indians desire for equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that," he added.

Reacting to Kamal Haasan’s comments, BJP leader Soundararajan in a tweet said recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination now and calling it Hindu terrorism was condemnable. “Standing amidst minorities in TN by-election campaign, he is lighting a dangerous fire to gain votes by minority appeasement. Kamal didn’t opine on recent Sri Lanka bomb blast, why?” Soundararajan tweeted.

“He (Kamal) threatened to leave India when his film (”Vishwaroopam”) screening was prevented by religious groups! But now he calls himself true Indian! True political acting started now having lost the chances in screenplay,” he said.

Earlier too, Haasan had stoked a row, when in November 2017, he took potshots at what he termed as “Hindu extremism,” which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits.

Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19. MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.

Earlier too, Haasan had stoked a row, when in November 2017, he took potshots at what he termed as "Hindu extremism," which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits.

Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19. MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.

 

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