Days after his remark about independent India’s first extremist being a Hindu, referring to Nathuram Godse, during a rally at a Muslim dominated area, actor-turned-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder has said that every religion has its own terrorist.
Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam president and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has backed his comments of independent India’s first extremist being a Hindu and said that no religion is sanctimonious.
While addressing the media, Kamal Haasan said, “I don't feel threatened. Every religion has its own terrorist, we cannot claim that we are sanctimonious. History shows that all religions have their extremists.”
Speaking about widespread protests, Haasan said that he was not afraid of being arrested. “Let them arrest me. If they do that, it will only create more problems. It is not a warning but only a piece of advice,” he added
Ponnaiyan from the AIADMK spoke to MyNation and resiterated that there must be peace and unity across the country, among all religions. “Anyone spreading negativity among the people and religion is not acceptable. It is of utmost importance to maintain religious harmony” added Ponnaiyan.
Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to say, "Dear MNM family and fans, this is an acid test for our decorum and demeanour. Do not listen to their noises and be drawn into their violence. They are extremists who are slighted by the Truth. Naalai Namadhey! (Tomorrow belongs to us)."
On Thursday, two unidentified persons allegedly hurled eggs and stones at the Makkal Needhi Maiam founder during a rally in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi. Following the attack, MNM workers roughed up the attackers who were later taken into police custody.
Godse, who was allegedly associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had killed Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi on January 30, 1948. He shot the ‘father of the nation’ in the chest three times at point-blank range. He was said to be an advocate of Hindu nationalism. He was hanged to death.
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Last Updated May 20, 2019, 1:21 PM IST