Spoke only a ‘historic truth’: Kamal Haasan on ‘first extremist a Hindu’ comment

Prime News, National (Chennai), May 16:- Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said he only spoke a ‘historic truth’ after his remark that free India’s first extremist was a Hindu, a reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, triggered a huge controversy. Haasan moved an anticipatory bail petition before the Madras High Court bench here after it refused to entertain his earlier petition, seeking quashing of an FIR against him.

The FIR against Haasan, founder of new political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), was registered by Aravakurichi police on Tuesday under Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deal with ‘outraging religious feelings’ and ‘promoting enmity between different groups’ respectively.

The MNM also filed complaints with police in Chennai and Tiruchirappalli against Milk and Dairy Development Minister KT Rajendira Bhalaji, who said Haasan’s tongue should be cut off for saying that free India’s “first extremist was a Hindu”. The party also claimed that Haasan’s comments had been taken “completely out of context”.

In his first response after the remarks that landed him in trouble with court and police cases, Haasan asked his detractors to make “valid allegations”, asking if he could cater to only one section of people after entering active politics. “They got angry for what I spoke at Aravakurichi. What I spoke (there) is a historical truth. I did not lure anyone to a brawl,” he said during a by-poll campaign at Tirupurankundram near Madurai. He said truth would triumph like the “historic truth I mentioned” and not caste and religion.

“Understand the meaning for the word extremist. I could have used the word terrorist or murderer (against Godse)… ours is active politics, there won’t be any violence,” he said while resorting to wordplay in Tamil to drive home his point. The MNM leader alleged that his speech was edited selectively and took a dig at his detractors, saying the charges levelled against him “apply to my media friends also.” He asked if his critics could show instances of his remarks that could incite violence and said the accusations against him had hurt him. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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