Kamal Haasan Says, "Independent India's 1st Extremist A Hindu, Nathuram Godse"

Kamal Haasan Says, "Independent India

 

"Independent India's 1st Extremist A Hindu, Nathuram Godse": Kamal Haasan 

New Delhi: 

Kamal Haasan, the actor-turned-politician whose party made its debut in the national election, said on Sunday that the first extremist in Independent India was a Hindu. In his statement, Mr Haasan was referring to Nathuram Godse who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Independent India's first extremist (theevravaadi) was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it starts," Kamal Haasan said while campaigning in the town of Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu's Karur district on Sunday night.

Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has fielded a candidate from that seat in Aravakurichi, which is one of the four assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19. 

The 64 year old Mr Haasan, while standing out of the sunroof of a vehicle, said that he is the Mahatma's "great-grandson in spirit" and that he came there to question the his assassination.

"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.

In November 2017, the Tamil mega-star had stoked a controversy by saying that extremism has infected right-wing groups, provoking a confrontation with the BJP. "In the past, Hindu, right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence," Mr Haasan said.

The actor-turned-politician had months later, said that he is not "anti-Hindu" nor against any other religion.

Earlier this year, Kamal Haasan had blamed the right-wing the widespread protests that erupted in Kerala over the Sabarimala temple issue.

The actor launched his party in February last year and fielded candidates in all 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu.

The other superstar from Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth, who has also joined politics, skipped the mega polls to focus on the 2021 Tamil Nadu election.