Kamal Haasan flays "Hindu extremism"

Kamal Haasan

You can't say there is no Hindu terror writes Kamal Haasan in Tamil Magazine Ananda Vikatan

Following Haasan's comments, RSS thinker Rakesh Sinha slammed the actor for his statements and tweeted, "Kamal Haasan must apologise for hurting Hindu civilisation, defaming it, trying to create provocation for his petty political end".

"In the past the Hindu right used to engage only in intellectual debates with the other religious groups".

Attacking right wing's philosophy, Haasan in his column for Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan, wrote, "In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence".

But as their "cunningness" started to fail, they began to resort to violence, he said.

Even the Shiv Sena, which now has a blow hot, blow cold relationship with the BJP, slammed Kamal Haasan, who recently announced that he was ready to join politics but has refused to divulge much about his plans so far, for his article. In his leftist view, he says Hindu terrorism exists.

The past few months have seen the actor meet with political leaders from various parties. He went on to stir the pot some more in the lead-up to his much vaunted political plunge by saying that right-wing groups are resorting to using their "muscle power" to silence their opponents, dumping their old method of engaging them in dialogue. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde said it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country.

Haasan had been vocal against the Tamil Nadu government on the issue of corruption, thus incurring the wrath of several state ministers, who have accused the actor of speaking in general terms and dared him to provide evidence of his charges. However the actor signed off with a positive note saying that the day is not far when Tamil Nadu, like Kerala today, will become a model for social reform.

BJP leadrer Subramanian Swamy responded to Haasan's claim of "Hindu terror" and called him a "morally corrupt person". "The NIA should visit him and ask him if he has any proof,"' Swamy told a leading news channel.

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