The BJP on Thursday described Kamal Haasan's remarks about Hindu extremism as "myopic and brazen" and said that the actor's comments signalled he had arrived on the political scene as a fringe element.
Writing in a Tamil weekly news magazine, the popular star said, "The right wing can not challenge talk of Hindu terrorists because terror has spread into their camp as well".
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But as their "cunningness" started to fail, they began to resort to violence, he said. However, he said the political growth of such forces were only temporary.
Chennai: Actor Kamal Haasan, who has been lately making headlines over his expected entry into politics, took on the right-wing groups on Thursday, saying that these outfits can not deny the existence of "Hindu terror". "They used to hold dialogues with opponents but now they resort to violence". There is no Hindu terrorist organisation. His article created a huge uproar from the BJP, with the party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao criticising the 62-year-old actor's ideology. 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. Incidentally, today's comments on "Hindu terror" also came in reply to a question posed to him by the Communist veteran in the same magazine on what he thinks about the efforts by Hindutva forces to denigrate the Dravidian culture. "The people of Tamil Nadu will laugh him off".
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BJP leadrer Subramanian Swamy responded to Haasan's claim of "Hindu terror" and called him a "morally corrupt person". "If he has such an inclination, he should report it to the authorities". MGR (AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran) emerged successful as he appealed to the masses while Haasan is trying to appease Muslim fundamentalists and anti-Hindu zealots to emerge as a fringe group. Taking a strong exception to the actor's remark, Hindu Makkal Katchi president Arjun Sampath said, "Kamal Haasan must take back his words. The NIA should visit him and ask him if he has any proof,"' Swamy told a leading news channel.
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