My speech about harmony, says Kamal Haasan defending Godse remark

Kamal Haasan campaigning for polls ahead of Lok Sabha 2019. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India May 17, 2019, 10.50 AM (IST) Sidharth MP

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s public meeting in Aravakurichi town in Tamil Nadu’s Karur district was disrupted on Thursday after miscreants allegedly hurled eggs and stones at him. No one was injured and Haasan was escorted to safety.

The police have reportedly detained two people for questioning.

Haasan, who recently floated debutant party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), recently made controversial remarks about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse which were widely criticised.

“I am not even threatened. The quality of politics is going down today, but I won’t indulge in mudslinging,” Haasan said at Chennai airport on Friday morning after coming back from Aravakurichi.

History has shown us that there have been extremists in every religion, I was talking in that sense. My speech that day was about harmony, he added.

Slippers were hurled at him at a rally in Tirupparakundram in Madurai on Wednesday for his remarks about Godse. The slippers, however, did not hit the MNM chief and fell on the crowd. Eleven people were named in the police complaint for the incident.

Haasan’s party has fielded candidates in Tirupparakundram and Aravakurichi where bypolls are scheduled on Sunday.

Clarifying his comments, Haasan had said on Thursday, “If a historical truth is spoken and it wounds people, we should heal that wound. That’s why we are here, being together and co-existing is the way ahead.”

Elaborating on his comments on co-existence over tolerance, Haasan said other religions should not be tolerated but should be wholly accepted.

A complaint has, meanwhile, been filed against him at Delhi’s Patiala House court. The complainant Vishnu Gupta, who claims to be a founding member of fringe group Hindu Sena, has alleged that Haasan's statement has deliberately hurt the sentiments of a community.

The court has posted the matter for consideration on August 2, when evidence will be put up before the court after which it will decide whether to issues summons or not.

 

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s public meeting in Aravakurichi town in Tamil Nadu’s Karur district was disrupted on Thursday after miscreants allegedly hurled eggs and stones at him. No one was injured and Haasan was escorted to safety.