Veteran actor Kamal Haasan has been garnering headlines for a while now for hinting his entry into mainstream politics. A few months back Haasan had said that he will be joining politics with possibly a new party which will be headed by him. Today several media reports quoted the actor saying that the rise of ”Hindu terror” cannot be denied and that the right-wing Hindu organisations are breeding terrorists. The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has now responded to his controversial remark comparing him with terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed.
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. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence. 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.” His article created a huge uproar from the BJP, with the party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao criticising the 62-year-old actor’s ideology.
“There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. 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. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI.
Tamil Nadu won’t accept Hassan with the kind of lewd politics he is trying to play and his narrow perspective has been left exposed in open with the kind of comments he has put forth in the column, added Narasimha Rao.
Earlier, when reports of Kamal Hassan joining politics had surfaced widely, the actor had said that his colour is definitely not saffron, hinting at his anti-BJP stand. He also had slammed the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu for corruption.
Another BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy also bashed the actor for his controversial comments calling him a ”morally corrupt person.” “If he has such an inclination, he should report it to the authorities. There is no Hindu terrorist organisation. Kamal Haasan is a morally corrupt person, he can do anything at any time; he cannot be taken seriously. The NIA should visit him and ask him if he has any proof,”‘ Swamy told a leading news channel.