Rajini stirs a political storm with his refusal to say sorry

Superstar Rajinikanth’s refusal to say sorry for his comments at Tuglaq event has become a worldwide trending topic on social media, even as activists of Periyarist movements demanded an apology from the actor.  Many praised the actor for his bold stand.

DMK president M K Stalin has requested superstar Rajinikanth to rethink his comment on EV Ramasamy (Periyar), which has generated huge controversy.

Rajinikanth has refused to apologise for his comment, which has been seen by Dravidian outfits as denigrating the 19th century social activist, who is considered the father of the “Dravidian movement”.

Speaking to the media, Stalin said, “My friend Rajinikanth is not a politician, he is an actor. Please think and speak about Periyar. I appeal to you. Periyar lived for 95 years, working for the Tamil race”.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said, “One should speak about Periyar only after understanding his ideology. His ideologies are to be treated with respect and enshrined on a high pedestal.”

BJP national secretary H Raja said Rajinikanth was right in not asking sorry. Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted: “For a change I am on the side of Rajnikant on the E. V. R. Naicker 1971 rally issue of parading Ram and Sita in a derogatory. This is a fact and Cho had published it in Thuglak. If the cine actor stays firm I will back him in courts if he wants.”

In another tweet, he said, “Time has come for liberating Tamil Nadu from the fascist  terror of the British Imperialists created Dravida Kazhagam which after the Eli fiasco now is teaming up with ISIS Islamic terror. Time also for the ADMK government to squash these terrorists by jailing them.”

At the 50th anniversary event of Tamil magazine “Tughlak”, Rajinikanth praised its founder-editor Cho Ramasamy, saying he had carried a news item on Periyar and criticised him when no publication of the day had dared to do so.

“In 1971, at Salem, Periyar took out a rally against superstition in which naked images of Lord Ramachandramoorthy and Sita – with a garland of sandals – were displayed and no news outlet published it,” he said at the event on January 14.