Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who is ready to launch a mobile app for his political party on November 7, has surely attracted enmity of the Hindu right-wing groups and the BJP with his controversial statement on ‘Hindu terror’. His statement was met by a lot of criticism by the Hindu right-wing group, Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha, whose vice-president Pt Ashok Sharma remarked that people like Kamal Haasan should either be hanged or be shot dead.
— Raja Singh BJP MLA (@TigerRajaSingh) November 2, 2017
And not just political parties, the actor drew flak from a lot of people, in general. Soon after his ‘Hindu terror’ remark, a defamation case was filed against Kamal Haasan in Varanasi for hurting religious sentiments. Kamal Haasan has responded to all the hate coming his way.
— Dipak Tibrewal (@DipakTibrewal) November 6, 2017
Last week, commenting on the Hindu right-wing groups, Kamal Haasan wrote in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan magazine, “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but hold a dialogue with opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and they started using muscle power. They started indulging in violence. The right-wing cannot challenge anyone asking the question — show me one Hindu terrorist. Terror has spread into their camp as well,” as per a report by the Indian Express.
While he was slammed by many, he also found a few supporters in politicians like the Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan and several other Congress leaders and Tollywood actors spoke up for the actor.
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) November 3, 2017
Hitting back at ones who want him killed for voicing his opinion, the actor said, “If we question them, they call us anti-nationals and want us jailed. Now since there is no space in jails they want to shoot us and kill us, ” IANS reported. Further talking to journalist Barkha Dutt in an event, he said, “Theeviravadhi [extremist] and Bayangaravadhi [terrorist] are two different words. I deliberately didn’t use the latter because I was careful not to offend the Hindus in my own family,” in a report by the Hindu.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 6, 2017
The actor has now announced the launch of a mobile application of his political party on his 63rd birthday on November 7.