Every religion has its own terrorists: Kamal Haasan on his Godse remarks

The Makkal Needhi Maiam chief also said that he was not afraid of being arrested but warned any such action would escalate tensions.

Published: 17th May 2019 11:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2019 09:14 PM   |  A+A-

Kamal Haasan

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief and actor Kamal Haasan (File Photo | EPS)

By PTI

CHENNAI: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who is at the centre of a raging row over his Hindu extremist remarks, Friday said "every religion has its own terrorists" and that no one claim to be sanctimonious.

The Makkal Needhi Maiam chief also said that he was not afraid of being arrested but warned any such action would escalate tensions.

The MNM founder said the remarks made during the Aravakurichi Assembly segment bypoll campaign meet on Sunday were not made for the first time, even as he asserted that "every religion has its own terrorist" and "this shows that all religions have their extremists."

The actor-politician, who had filed an anticipatory bail after an FIR was registered in Aravakurichi in Karur district for his remarks, said he had made similar comments in Chennai during the Lok Sabha election campaign but it was being taken note of now by those people "whose confidence is dipping".

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"Let me tell you terrorists abound all religions. Every religion has its own terrorists and we cannot claim that we are sanctimonious and we have not done that. History shows you that all religions have their extremists," he told reporters here, adding his focus in Sunday's campaign speech was on maintaining harmony.

Asked if he had filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Madras High Court fearing arrest, Haasan replied in the negative.

"I don't fear arrest but I have got campaigning to do. Let them arrest. But if they arrest me tensions will escalate. This is not my request but an advice," he said.

With regard to police denying permission for him to undertake campaigning in Sulur Assembly constituency in Coimbatore, the MNM chief asked if there was a problem then why can't the bypoll be postponed.

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  • Idris

    Kamaal got it wrong... no religion has its TERRORISTs..... religion does not create terrorists... but humans do... YEs May be some folks use some statements in " NON-CORE" religious texts..... to cite killing of non-religionists as an offering ot GOd.... e.g. HInduism does not have any document that allows anyone to quote it ...... btu HAdiths allow... Problem is that HAdiths are contextual and hte HOly Prophet(PBUH) used it for a particualr context.. btu the salafi's take it literally.....some stupid interpretations of HAdiths by half educated morons affect all the followers of the religion
    1 day ago reply
  • Vijayshankar

    Mahatma Gandhi always carried Bhagavatgita in his hand . U also do it.
    1 day ago reply
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