It’s been quite some time since actor Kamal Hassan hinted his entry into politics, taking a jab at the BJP ruled center every now and then. But what really rubbed the right-wing sentiments the wrong way was his outrageous statement on the existence of “Hindu terror”.
In a popular Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan, Hassan was quoted as saying, “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence.”
He further reiterated that previously Hindus instigated other religious groups to indulge in violence but now since their “old strategy” has failed they have adopted extremism into their folds and can no longer blame the other extremist factions.
He strongly lashed out at the populist right-wing sentiments by saying that Hindus motto of Satyameva Jayate has been replaced by “might is right”.
Hassan’s sensational statement on “Hindu terror” comes as a follow suit to his first controversial comment “my color is certainly not saffron” made in a meeting with the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
His recent comments were also made in a similar vein in a reply to his opinion on Hindutva forces trying to infiltrate the Dravidian culture.
Kamal Hassan’s statement’s triggered sharp criticisms from the political groups. In reaction to Hassan’s acid remarks, Hindu Makkal Katchhi President Arjun Sampath blurted, “Kamal Hassan must take back his words. Hindu terrorism does not exist in Tamil Nadu.
Already Kamal tasted how Muslims reacted against his film Vishwaroopam. That time, he bent before Muslim and said he would leave Tamil Nadu,”.He further added, “After his Dasavatharam (film), he is taking 11th avatar – the Left-wing avatar.
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also condemned Kamal Hassan’s remarks calling him “morally bankrupt”.
Talking to the media persons Swamy said, “If he has any such suspicion he should report to the NIA authorities to investigate, but he has not done that.” These kinds of communal feelings is certainly not in the interests of Tamil Nadu, he added.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao also bantered Kamal Hassan’s remarks comparing him to Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafeez Saeed. Even the twitterati came out with a huge blow against Hassan’s anti-right wing viewpoint.
One of them retorted,”Today, 6 ISIS suspects identified in Kerala and instead of questioning to CPI(M) Govt, Kamal Haasan giving sermons about Hindu Terror. Wah !”
Another post said,”Kamal Haasan should either back his blabber with evidence of Hindu terror or Apologize. Peddling lies for Political gain. A wannabe Periyar.”
It’s quite evident that Kamal Hassan’s political journey is not going to be a smooth sailing given the political mayhem that Tamil Nadu is going through. So it seems that he’s just testing his water and throwing some cannons to get some political mileage.
And what really needs to be seen is whether he can stand by his equivalent silver screen image of Chachi 420 or Vishwaroopam, to carve a niche for himself in this political slugfest.