Stick with his stand, superstar Rajinikanth categorically said that he will not apologise over the remarks on Periyar.
DMK activists have started staging protests in front of theatres in Tamil Nadu where Rajinikanth’s newly released movie ‘Darbar’ is running. Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam accused the actor of “uttering a blatant lie” and demanded his apology.
Giving more lights on his stand, he said: “ I didn’t say anything out of imagination. I did not make up what I said, there are even published stories in media on it, I can show them. I will not apologise,” Rajinikanth said. The controversy broke out after Rajinikanth accused Periyar of being a “pungent critic on Hindu gods”. “Periyar was a pungent critic of Hindu gods. But no one had criticised Periyar then,” the actor had said at the 50th anniversary celebration of Thuglak, a Tamil language weekly news magazine started by policial commentator Cho Ramaswamy.
“In 1971, at Salem, Periyar took out a rally in which the undressed images of Lord Sriramachandramoorthy and Sita - with a garland of sandal - featured,” he had said.
A group named Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam staged a protest in front of Rajinikanth's residence. The DMK saws this is an insult to its leaders and cadres and an indirect affront to their intellectual capability. The DMK then had to come out with a front-page story that those who read Murasoli were Dravidian Tamils who cared about the suppressed in the society and those who followed the principles of Periyar, Anna and Karunanidhi.
By reiterating that he stood by his remarks, Rajinikanth has challenged the iconic status of both Periyar and Karunanidhi in the same breath and their anti-God, particularly their anti-Hindu posturing which used to find traction in the past.