India's first terrorist, Nathuram Godse, was a Hindu: Kamal Haasan

Earlier too, Haasan had stoked a row, when in November 2017, he took potshots at what he termed as 'Hindu extremism,' which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits.

Published: 13th May 2019 10:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2019 02:36 PM   |  A+A-

Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan. (Photo | PTI)


ARAVAKURICHI: Stoking a controversy, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiyam founder Kamal Haasan has said free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu" -- Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Haasan's comments drew a sharp reaction from the state BJP, which slammed him for indulging in "divisive politics".

Addressing an election campaign here on Sunday night, Haasan 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 (terrorism, apparently) starts," he said.

Haasan said he was a "self-assumed great-grandson" of Gandhi and that he had come here "seeking answers for that murder," referring to Gandhi's assassination in 1948.

"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," he added.

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BJP state President Tamilisai Soundararajan said while the whole nation was shocked when Gandhi was killed, none can, however, justify it, and pointed out that Godse was hanged for the "heinous" crime.

She said it was "strongly condemnable" that Haasan used the phrase "Hindu terrorism" in a Muslim-dominated area.

"Though he talks of taking forward a new kind of politics, he also indulged in the old, mischievous, poisonous and divisive vote bank politics," Soundararajan said in a statement.

She said his remarks amounted to inciting "communal violence".

In an apparent reference to the deadly Easter bombings in Sri Lanka which left over 250 dead, she asked whether persons like Haasan were vocal in discussing the issue "despite being known that perpetrators were Muslims."

She said Haasan's remarks in a Muslim-dominated area were "mischievous and agenda-driven." "Therefore such persons' campaigning should be banned. The police should take action since there is an effort to create tension," she said.

Taking a swipe at his earlier statement of leaving the country when his multi-million venture 'Vishwaroopam' faced release time issues from Muslim groups over the portrayal of the community, she said, "It is brazen acting that he is now talking about the country, Gandhi and patriotism."

Actor Vivek Oberoi slammed Haasan's remarks, saying both art and terror "have no religion" and asked if Godse's faith was mentioned to corner Muslim votes.

Oberoi, who played Narendra Modi in a biopic on the prime minister, said no one "should divide the country."

"Dear Kamal sir, you are a great artist. Just like art has no religion, terror has no religion either! You can say Godse was a terrorist, why would you specify Hindu? Is it because you were in a Muslim dominated area looking for votes?" he said in a tweet.

"Please sir, from a much smaller artist to a great one, lets not divide this country, we are one Jai Hind. #AkhandBharat #UnDividedIndia," he added.

Earlier too, Haasan had triggered a row, when in November 2017, he took potshots at what he termed as "Hindu extremism," which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits.

Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19.

MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.

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  • Rashi singh

    He is such a moron
    7 days ago reply
  • Kuldeep

    Kamal Hassan has shown his true colours.jinahs direct action to kill Hindus was?
    7 days ago reply
  • Kuttu

    Poor guy there is difference between assaination and terrorism
    7 days ago reply
  • Sunil Datta

    An illiterate man. I doubt which religion he belongs to. A cheap person trying to get cheap publicity. Ignore.
    7 days ago reply
  • Subrata

    Bullshit... HE did that in the best interest of the country.
    7 days ago reply
  • Sumit

    7 days ago reply
  • Karunakaran

    Agreed Kamal try to get cheap Votes by saying this..He lost my respect
    7 days ago reply
  • M Raghavan

    The man wants to be some sort of cult leader
    7 days ago reply
  • SWa

    Kamalahaasan played famous cinema roles in Nayagan
    7 days ago reply
  • HRP

    Imagine what a challenge NaMo has as a leader to teach Hinduism to Brito-Indians like Kamal Hasan. God give NaMo enough strength.
    8 days ago reply
  • Lnarasimhamurtyy

    This Kamala Hassan has no character he is also communal and thinks that he will get Muslim votes if he slanders Hindus. People will teach him a proper lesson
    8 days ago reply
  • k kaliappan

    kamalahassan is not a hindu
    8 days ago reply
  • Venkat

    Absolutely rubbish. What does he know about Godse to comment. Will he ever speak about terrorism as muslim terrorism....Crooked fellow
    8 days ago reply
  • Shiv

    Nathuram godse was a murderer not a terrorist
    8 days ago reply
  • Vikram

    the worse thing happened to Bharat is not british rule but this culture raping 'woods'. These people and most of other woodies are staunch slaves of Kali-demon.
    8 days ago reply
  • Dugaprasad mk

    Kamal is a mentally retarded buffoon and his comment shows that he doesn't know anything except divorce law and dating
    8 days ago reply
    • Mani Aiyar Shankar

      Nathuram Godse deserves the Nobel prize for Peace and Bravery.
      7 days ago reply
    • Mani Aiyar Shankar

      Nathuram Godse deserves the Nobel prize for Peace and Bravery.
      7 days ago reply
    • Medha

      Wasn't his movie Viswaroopam banned/targeted by Muslims?
      8 days ago reply
    • V Ramanna

      True. He is repeatedly proving that he is free India's celebrated bufoon
      8 days ago reply
    • Michelle vedic human

      This man is a 5th grade d class actor
      8 days ago reply
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