Madurai, May 15 : Despite coming under severe criticism for his ‘Hindu extremism’ remarks, an unrelenting actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday continued to maintain his stand saying he had only spoken about what was a “historic truth.”
“They got angry for what I spoke at Aravakkurichi. What I spoke is a historic truth,” said Kamal Haasan while campaigning for the Tirupparankundram assembly by-election at Thoppur here this evening.The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder has sparked a controversy on Sunday at Karur district by stating that the first extremist of Independent India was a Hindu. His name was Nathuram Godse.
I did not lure anyone to a brawl. My speech has been quoted out of context, he said.
Defending his remarks, he said truth would triumph like the “historic truth I mentioned.”Mr.Haasan asked his detractors to make valid allegations, asking if he could cater to only one section of people after entering active politics.One should first understand the meaning for the word extremist. I could have used the word terrorist or murderer (against Nathuram Godse). But, ours is active politics, there won’t be any violence, he said.
Alleging that his speech was edited selectively, he said the charges leveled against him will also apply to my media friends.I would like to ask my detractors. Can anyone shows that I have spoken in a discriminatory manner against any religion or community, he asked.“They are saying I hurt Hindu sentiments. There are so many Hindus in my family. My daughter is a believer. I never speak anything to hurt the sentiments of Hindus.”
“I am deeply hurt over the accusations against me,” Mr.Haasan said.The MNM chief’s Hindu extremist remarks triggered controversy across the country. The Sangh Parivar outfits demanded an apology from him and to ban his party. UNI