India’s first terrorist a Hindu: 5 times Neta Kamal Haasan’s words left India stunned

May 13, 2019

Kamal Haasan is a gutsy filmmaker who believes in the ‘right to freedom of speech’. Never in his life has the actor-politician shied away from voicing his opinion in public. Even when he knew that his comments would land him in trouble, Kamal Haasan said them out loud, staying true to his conscience.

Several times in the past, his remarks on various topics have drawn a lot of flak. Take for example, when former chief minister J Jayalalithaa died, a simple tweet of him courted controversy. Today, he is once again in the headlines for making a controversial remark about ‘independent India’s first terrorist’.

Ever since Kamal Haasan ventured into active politics, in 2018, he has spoken up about several pressing issues in society. Today, the actor said that the first terrorist in independent India was a Hindu. Take a look at these 5 different instances in the recent past when Kamal Haasan’s words got a little too tough to digest for some people.


Addressing an election campaign in Aravakurichi, Tamil Nadu, Kamal Haasan made a controversial remark on the first terrorist in India. Referring to Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi, the Vishwaroopam actor said that the first terrorist of independent India was a Hindu.

He said, “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this in front of a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it [terrorism, apparently] starts.”

Kamal Haasan also added that he is a good Indian, who desires equality and would ‘want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact.’


In February 2018, the actor found himself in the eye of a storm after he asked why India was afraid to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir. This statement was made after the Jaish-e-Mohammad led a dastardly attack in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.

Kamal said ‘no soldier would die if politicians in India and Pakistan behaved properly’. “The Line of Control will be under control,” he added. Soon, he was slammed by several politicians and citizens, after which, he was forced to change his statement.

In a press note, his party, Makkal Needhi Maiyam said that his words were blown out of proportion. “The references made in the Times Now report were mentioned by our party president in the context of a magazine article published three decades ago about an option that was available at one point in time of history. This is no longer relevant and is no way an indication of his position or party’s position today,” the statement read.


In July 2018, Kamal Haasan conducted a Q & A session on Twitter, where he answered several questions from his fans. One of his fans asked him which books (nool in Tamil) have had an impact on his life.

The actor said, “There is a thread I avoided. The thread affected me a lot – Poonool. That is why I avoided it.” He received severe backlash from the Brahmin community, who wear the sacred thread, for his statement.

The community issued a statement and wrote, “The poonool is the most secular thread and his statement has no logic. Kamal Haasan has no respect for his parent heritage and is putting forth a poor personality in front of the people and now people are more aware of it.”


In several interviews, the Uttama Villain actor has said that he identifies himself as an atheist. He had revealed that he refused to fill the caste and religion column in his daughters Shruti and Akshara’s school admission certificates.

His tweet read, “I refused to fill in the caste and religion column in both my daughters’ school admission certificate. That’s the only way, it will pass on to the next generation. Every individual should start contributing for progress. Kerala started implementing the same. Those who do should be celebrated.”

However, a Twitter user was quick to point out that his daughter Shruti Haasan, in an interview several years ago, said that she was an Iyengar. The user wrote, “@ikamalhaasan ur attempts to abolish caste has totally failed sir despite you not filling in the school application. Start your reform from home sir. Not filling in caste is not a solution, bring the kids up in a way they don’t know their caste #Hypocrite (sic)”


Time and again, Kamal has proven that he is against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Edapadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK. He reiterated this view at the India Today Conclave South last year. Speaking about the Cauvery dispute, he said, “The court had wanted the Cauvery dispute settled by a certain time. That time has elapsed and Tamil Nadu is yet to get its due. I think incidents such as the statue vandalism are an effort to distract people from that. However, this may be my paranoia. This may be just a conspiracy theory. But there is design at play here. There is a hegemonic force here. You want me to name the BJP? I will name the BJP.”

When quizzed about forming his own party instead of joining AIADMK or DMK, he revealed, “I am hungry and have to eat, but what is available is rotten fruit.”

Source : Indiatoday

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