Makkal Needhi Maiyamc (MNM) founder and veteran actor, Kamal Haasan, has said that India’s first terrorist Nathuram Godse was a Hindu.
Addressing a campaign rally in the town of Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu’s Karur district on Sunday night, Haasan said, “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts.”
The actor-turned-politician said that good Indians looked for equality and ‘want the three
colours in the tricolour to remain intact.’ “I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that,” he was quoted by news agency PTI.
In November last year, Haasan had said courted controversy because of his ‘Hindu extremism’ remarks. Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on 19 May. Haasan’s party has fielded S Mohanraj as its candidate from here.
Haasan has been always opposed to the Hindutva brand of politics. Before launching the party, when speculations gained momentum, he had told reporters that the saffron was not not his colour and he was taking advice from Kerala chief minister, a communist.
He had said, “I have been talking to Kerala CM (Pinarayi Vijayan) about it, taking advice, will meet more politicians before I make my call. My colour is obviously seen over the 40 years I have been working in cinema, definitely it’s not saffron. I want to be in the middle of things, not leaning to any side.”
Haasan had announced his new political outfit last year in February. Also joining him for the ceremony was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.