Right-wing groups now resort to violence, says Kamal Haasan

Can't say there is no 'Hindu terrorism': Kamal Haasan

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has triggered a furore by saying the right-wing groups are not unaffected by terrorism irking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which demanded an apology from him.

"Earlier, the right-wing Hindus employed debates, and not force, against people of other religions".

"The Hindus can not challenge others to show extremists among them since extremism has spread to that extent even among the Hindus", Haasan wrote in a weekly column, titled "One can not say there is no Hindu terror anymore", in Tamil magazine "Ananda Vikatan". "But now they resort to violence", Haasan wrote in his column in a popular Tamil weekly news magazine.

However, the Tamil film icon who has been hinting at joining politics said that since "this old conspiracy" had begun to fail, the groups were indulging in violence. Today several media reports quoted the actor saying that the rise of "Hindu terror" can not be denied and that the right-wing Hindu organisations are breeding terrorists. In his leftist view, he says Hindu terrorism exists.

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"In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments". It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde said it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. "He doesn't have any proof", India Today quoted him as saying.

"The day is not far when Tamil Nadu will again be a model for social reformation", he said, adding, "Kerala is such a model and my greetings (to you) for that".

"With his myopic and brazen comments on the so called Hindu terror, Kamal Haasan has signalled that he has arrived on political scene as a fringe element", Mr Rao said. There is no Hindu terrorist organisation.

Another BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy also bashed the actor for his controversial comments calling him a "morally corrupt person". "The NIA must visit him to seek evidence (for Hindu terorrism)", he said.

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