“Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse”,says Kamal Haasan

Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan have stoked a potential controversy by stating “free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu,” making reference to Nathuram Godse who assasinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

Addressing an election campaign at Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu on Sunday night, the actor-politician stated he was among those “proud Indians” who desired an India with equality and in which the “three colours” in the Tricolour, a clear reference to different faiths, “remained intact.”

He stated, “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.”

Mr.Haasan claimed he had arrive here “seeking answers for that murder.” He integrated,“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.”

In November 2017, Mr. Haasan stoked a line, when he took potshots at what he referred to as “Hindu extremism.” It drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits.

Aravakurichi is one of the 4 Assembly constituencies in the State where bypolls are timetabled on May 19. The MNM has fielded S. Mohanraj derived from this segment.

This quantities to inciting social violence , states Tamilisai

BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan stated while the whole nation was shocked when Gandhi was killed, none can, however, justify it, and pointed out that Godse was hanged for the “heinous” crime.

She stated it was “strongly condemnable” that Mr.Haasan used the phrase “Hindu extremism” in a Muslim-dominated region.

“Though he talks of taking forward a new kind of politics , he also indulged in the old, mischievous, poisonous and divisive vote bank politics,” Dr.Soundararajan asserted in a statement. She stated his remarks amounted to inciting “communal violence“.

In an obvious reference to the deadly Easter bombings in Sri Lanka which left over 250 dead, Dr.Soundararajan questioned whether persons like Mr.Haasan were vocal in talking about the issue “despite being known that perpetrators were Muslims.”

She asserted Mr.Haasan’s remarks in a Muslim-dominated area were “mischievous and agenda-driven.”

“Therefore such persons’ campaigning should be banned. The police should take action since there is an effort to create tension,” she additional.

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