Kamal Haasan Triggers Furore by 'Hindu Terror' Remark, BJP Demands Apology

Faith Castro
November 3, 2017

Rakesh Sinha, an RSS ideologue, demanded an apology from the actor.

"Earlier, the right-wing Hindus employed debates, and not force, against people of other religions".

Actor Kamal Haasan, who has been more politically vocal of late, has written about "Hindu right-wing terrorism" in a popular Tamil magazine called Ananda Vikatan.

But as their "cunningness" started to fail, they began to resort to violence, he said.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar slammed Haasan and asked him to apologise for the statement. "Having realised that their attempts are failing, they have started using violence". "In reality, there is peace because Hindus are in majority", as per a report in CNN News-18.

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At a time when Islamist extremism and terror groups continue to wreak havoc globally, with a most recent attack in NY being claimed in the name of the Islamic State group, Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan has alleged that terror has spread into the "camp" of Hindus as well, and that now Hindu right-wing groups also resort to violence.

"Hindus are losing faith in "satyameva jayate" and instead subscribing to 'might is right" he said.

Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said, "Such claims will not work in politics. The Hindus can not challenge others to show extremists among them since extremism has spread to that extent even among the Hindus".

Haasan, who once commended the Centre's move to demonetise Rs 1,000 and old 500 notes, had later, in a column, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept that his move was wrong. Kamal's controversial statement on "Hindu terror", which he said was not a new phenomenon, comes two months after he declared his colour, was "certainly not saffron" after his meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan.

Haasan has already made his intention to enter politics. He had added that those who want to do something for Tamil Nadu as a "duty" and not as a "sacrifice" are welcome to join him. He met Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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