Kamal Haasan put himself in a possible controversy by saying “Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu”. Mr. Hassan was referring to Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
The Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder was addressing an election campaign at Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu on Sunday night. Hassan said, “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.”
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.”
Way back in 2017, Hassan stoked a similar controversy where he took potshots on “Hindu extremism” resulting in condemnation from ruling BJP government and many other Hindu outfits.
Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies in the State where bypolls are scheduled on the 19th of May.
BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan called the comments “mischievous and agenda-driven” and demanded him banned for inciting “communal violence”.
Source : Various