Noted actor Kamal Haasan, who is in headlines for his probable entry into politics these days, took on the right-wing groups on Thursday. The actor has said that these groups cannot deny the presence of “Hindu terror”.
“The Hindus cannot challenge others to show extremists among them since extremism has spread to that extent even among the Hindus,” he wrote in a weekly column – ‘One cannot say there is no Hindu terror anymore’ – for a Tamil magazine, ‘Ananda Vikatan’.
“In the past, the Hindu right used to engage only in intellectual debates with the other religious groups. Once this approach started failing they have resorted to muscle power. They too started indulging in violence,” he further added.
Haasan’s view was in response to a question by Kerala chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan. Vijayan had asked the actor to clear his view on “Hindutva forces” and its effort to ‘dilute Tamil culture’.
Soon, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy responded to Haasan’s claim and called him a “morally corrupt”. “If he has such an inclination, he should report it to the authorities. There is no Hindu terrorist organisation. Kamal Haasan is a morally corrupt person, he can do anything at any time; he cannot be taken seriously. The NIA should visit him and ask him if he has any proof,” Swamy told Times Now.
Earlier, Haasan applauded Centre’s move of demonetization, but later urged PM Modi to accept that his decision was wrong. The actor may launch his own political party and urged his fans to be prepared for an announcement on his birthday (November 7).