Amid opposition from various quarters to Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan for his recent ‘Hindu terrorist’ remark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today reacted to it.
“A Hindu cannot be a terrorist. If someone is a terrorist, he can’t be a Hindu,” Modi said, without naming the actor-politician or his comment.
Meanwhile, Karur police have booked Kamal for terming Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin “independent India’s first terrorist.
He was booked for “outraging religious feelings”. The complaint was filed by Hindu Munnani District Secretary KV Ramakrishnan.
Slamming Kamal, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi said, “If you say Nathuram Godse was a terrorist, it’s fine. I have no love for the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi. But why say he was a Hindu. Why is he trying to sell Hindu-phobia, a false narrative of Hindu terror?.”
Kamal Haasan kicked up a fresh controversy, saying free India’s first “terrorist was a Hindu,” referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
He said he was one of those proud Indians who desires an India with equality and where the three colours in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, remained intact.
“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 starts,” he added.
Stating that he had come here “seeking answers for that
murder,” he added: 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.”
State unit president of BJP, Tamilisai Soundararajan, has said Election Commission should take tough action on Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan for his remarks on ‘Hindu Terror’ at a campaign event.