Chennai: As if not willing to end the row any sooner, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan remained steady about his ‘Hindu terror’ comment in Aravakurichi last Sunday and said it was not the first time he had made it.
“There was nothing improper in what I said and this was not the first time the issue Hindu extremism is being spoken about. It has been there for years. Even I mentioned it 15 days ago at a Marina beach venue in Chennai on the last day of electioneering for the Lok Sabha elections. But, no one appeared to have noticed it,” Kamal told media persons in Chennai on Friday.
“Maybe, those who feel hurt now, were convinced of winning national polls then. They would have now understood they are losing and hence clutching at the issue,” he said on his return to the city.
‘Not scared of being arrested’
On Thursday night while winding up his campaign in Aravakurichi, miscreants hurled stones, slippers and eggs at him.
The actor said he was not scared of being arrested, even as the Madras high court posted the hearing on his anticipatory bail for May 20. Kamal, however, warned any such action against him will intensify violence.
He said, the violence unleashed against him did not happen, but was created. “For three days, it was all quiet. Suddenly, these things happened. It was created,” Kamal said.
‘Won’t react to Modi on his jibe that – no Hindu can ever be a terrorist’
The actor also said he would not react to PM Narendra Modi on his jibe that – no Hindu can ever be a terrorist. “I will not reply him. Many think he is very aware. History will respond to him,” Kamal said.
Haasan also gave a fresh twist saying the word ‘Hindu’ was coined only by the Mughals or earlier invaders and British seconded it.
Pointing out that even Tamil religious saints – 12 Alwars and 63 Naayanmars – did not use the word ‘Hindu’ in their relics, he said, people should be proud to be called Indians and not by a name given by outsiders.
“Attempts to squeeze our vast country into the realms of religion would be commercially, politically and spiritually a wrong move,” Kamal said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo said, he has sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) on Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu extremist’ remark.