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Ahead of political debut, Kamal Haasan says he is not anti-Hindu

"I came out of my religion and caste in search of truth. But I do not want to glorify or ridicule anything. Neither am I an atheist. I would say I am a rationalist," Kamal Haasan had said earlier.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 1, 2018 7:22 pm
Ahead of political debut, Kamal Haasan says he is not anti-Hindu Kamal Haasan (File)

Actor Kamal Haasan who is all set to launch his own political party, on Thursday said he is neither anti-Hindu nor against any other religion. Stating that his own brother Chandrahaasan and daughter Shruthi Haasan were “devout,” he said he viewed Christianity and Islam in a “similar” manner.

Writing in his political column in Tamil weekly ‘Ananda Vikatan,’ Haasan said, “Some are making efforts to create an appearance as if I am against some and favourably disposed towards others. Some are saying I am anti-Hindu.” He also added that he had equal regard for leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Ambedkar and ‘Periyar’ E V Ramasamy. “I am not against anyone” he said, adding that he was following the same line among his fan club members as well.

Haasan has usually refrained from taking an extreme stand in the debate on religion. “I belong to a Hindu family. It is a fact that my grandmother and my elder brothers were all following the same tradition. But I came out of my religion and caste in search of truth. But I do not want to glorify or ridicule anything. Neither am I an atheist. I would say I am a rationalist,” he had said.

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The actor is soon expected to take a plunge in politics and will travel across Tamil Nadu to learn and understand about people’s problems. His meetings are scheduled to start from February 21 and will be interactive in nature. “I need to talk to people. Since they have allowed me to enter politics, preparations are to be made to work for them,” Haasan had said earlier.

Haasan had sparked a controversy in November over his comments on right-wing extremism. “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but hold a dialogue with opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and they started using muscle power. They started indulging in violence. The right-wing cannot challenge anyone asking the question — show me one Hindu terrorist. Terror has spread into their camp as well,” the actor had written in his column.

The remark drew flak from Hindu outfits with BJP calling his remarks “myopic and brazen.” A complaint was lodged with police against the actor by Shiv Sena and other right wing outfits for his Hindu extremist remark. The actor later asserted that his intention was not to hurt Hindus, but rather to oppose violence in the name of any religion.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Manoj Chakravarty
    Feb 2, 2018 at 6:33 am
    There is no mention of anything even remotely objectionable to Hinduism in this article. The objections raised are probably directed at Mr. Haasan for personal, political or any other reason. For the people who seem to be intolerant of any viewpoint that conflicts or offers even a minuscule degree of threat supposedly to 'Hinduism', I would like them to answer a simple question, "how would you define Hinduism" and I am quite certain that each individual will offer a completely different answer to this question.
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    1. Peace Parmar
      Feb 2, 2018 at 5:26 am
      Guilty has to give reason
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        Murali
        Feb 2, 2018 at 3:02 am
        Kamal Hasan doesn’t have moral values. He is anti Hindu and anti Indian. How many legal and illegal wives he is maintaining like a Muslim. He wants Hindu votes. That is why he is telling he is not against Hindus. Let him give a statement in favour of Kashmir Pandits.
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          Freak Jesus
          Feb 1, 2018 at 11:55 pm
          Kamalhaasan says, Christians come home - but I would say dont, let the chrsitian church cleans up the home Pick a side: (a) You can tolerate child rape (b) You can be violently opposed. I'm also sickened by the approach of the Church management, who did nothing to help these children until lawyers and court forced them to pay settlements. who hid these pedophiles who hid the truth, breaking a commandment, by the way Don't support the Church as they committed one of the worst crimes of all time.
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            sham
            Feb 1, 2018 at 10:55 pm
            this fellow is a card carrying member of anti-national gangs like not in my name/award wapsi and the latest gang of four corrupt judged in SC, who are stooges of scmgress/commie thugs! Like pappu and his karnataka pidi sidramayya, he is scarred and may soon start temple runs for votes!
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