Kamal caught in controversy over Shruti's 'I am Iyengar' comment

Kamal caught in controversy over Shruti’s ‘I am Iyengar’ comment

Kamal Haasan is being trolled on social media for his tweet in response to a question on how caste can be “taken to the next generation” and his comment that he hated ‘poonal’, the sacred threat of Brahmins.

Kamal was answering social media users’ questions on Twitter, during a #AskKamalHaasan session.

The actor-politician has come under criticism from a section of Twitterati over his stand against caste, seeking to remind him of reported remarks made by his daughter Shruti about her caste identity some years back and asked him to start reforms from his own backyard.

Haasan’s recent Twitter remarks that he had refused to fill in the caste and religion column in his daughters’ school admission certificate, was questioned by some Twitter users, asking if that alone could end caste issues

Kamal tweeted: “I refused to fill in the caste & religion column in both my daughters’ school admission certificate. That’s the only way, it will pass on to the next generation. Every individual should start contributing fr progress. Kerala started implementing the same. Those who do should be celebrated.”

In reaction, a brief part of a TV interview by Shruti Haasan some years back, where she appears to say she was an “Iyengar” (a Brahmin Vaishnavite sect), was uploaded and went viral.

A tweeter user said, “@ikamalhaasan ur attempts to abolish caste has totally failed sir despite you not filling in the school application. Start your reform from home sir. Not filling in caste is not a solution, bring the kids up in a way they don’t know their caste #Hypocrite,”