Indian politician and Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan has said that India’s first terrorist was a Hindu.
He was referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
The actor-turned politician’s statement has the potential to generate controversy.
Addressing an election campaign in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi last night, Hassan said he was one of those “proud Indians” who desires an India with equality and where the “three colours” in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, “remained intact.”
He said that he was not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, rather he was saying this before a statue of Gandhi. He added that Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name was Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism) started.
Haasan said he had come here “seeking answers for that murder,” referring to Gandhi’s assassination in 1948.
“Good Indians desire for equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that” he added.
Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where by-polls are scheduled on May 19. MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.