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After ‘Hindu extremism’ remark, Kamal Haasan says he is not anti-Hindu

The actor’s comments are perceived as a sign of mellowing down ahead of his political plunge on February 21.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2018 22:08 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Chennai
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Actor Kamal Haasan interacts with representatives of various fan clubs at his house, in Chennai on Monday. (PTI)

Top actor Kamal Haasan, who is set to launch his political party soon, on Thursday said he is not anti-Hindu nor against any other religion or anyone else.

“I am not anti-Hindu,” he said, adding, he viewed Christianity and Islam in a “similar” manner.

On November 2 last year, Haasan took potshots at what he termed as “Hindu extremism,” without naming any particular outfit.

“Some are making efforts to create an appearance as if I am against some and favourably disposed towards others. Some are saying I am anti-Hindu,” he said, writing in his political column in Tamil weekly “Ananda Vikatan.”

Stating that his own brother Chandrahaasan and daughter Shruthi Haasan were “devout,” he asked how could he be anti-Hindu.

Perceived as a sign of mellowing down ahead of his political plunge on February 21, Haasan asked if he could despise his daughter as she was devout.

Haasan said his political meetings scheduled to start from February 21 will be interactive in nature.

“I am not against anyone,” he said.

He was following the same line among his fan club members as well, Haasan said.

The actor said he had equal regard for leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Ambedkar and ‘Periyar’ E V Ramasamy.

Haasan had incurred the wrath of Muslim outfits for the way their community was portrayed in his 2013 movie “Viswaroopam.”

On Hindu extremism, Haasan had said “earlier such Hindu right wingers without indulging in violence with those belonging to other religions, made the latter to indulge in violence through their arguments and counter arguments.”

However, “since this old conspiracy began to fail,” the right wingers have also begun to take recourse to violence in case their strategy did not work, Haasan had remarked.

“Extremism is in no way a (mark of) success or growth for those who call themselves Hindus,” he had said.

The remark drew flak from Hindu outfits with BJP calling his remarks “myopic and brazen.”

A complaint was lodged with police against the actor by Shiv Sena and other right wing outfits for his Hindu extremist remark.

On November 7 last year on the occasion of his birthday, the actor had said violence in the name of any religion was not proper.

“I don’t start with the intention of hurting Hindus.”

He asserted that he never used the word ‘terrorism’.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 21:28 IST