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Case in Varanasi against actor Kamal Haasan for Hindutva terror remark

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • November 4, 2017
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Kamal Haasan’s column in a Tamil magazine, where he spoke about right-wing Hindus have moved from engaging in debates to employing terrorism to propagate their agenda, has now landed the actor in a legal trouble. A case was filed against the actor in Varanasi on Friday. Haasan has been booked under Sections 500 (punishment for defamation), 511, 298 (hurting religious sentiment), 295-A (intend to outrage religious feelings), and 505-C (attempt to incite hatred enmity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code.

Expectedly, Haasan’s comment in the magazine set off an uproar from Hindutva forces as well as BJP leaders, who have damned him for such an accusation. While senior BJP leader, Vinay Katiyar described the actor’s mental state as “unstable”, the party’s general secretary, H Raja dubbed Kamal Haasan as a “supporter of terrorists”.

Senior state Congress leader, Peter Alphonse sought to differ with Kamal Haasan’s description of terrorism based on colour. “Congress does not accept generalising it as saffron terrorism. Kamal could have termed it as Hindutva terrorism, instead of Hindu terrorism, which is also not acceptable. One cannot accept any religion being linked to terrorism,” Alphonse told a television channel.

In a column for the Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan, the actor wrote that earlier “the Hindu right wing would not indulge in violence, but instead had debates”. But once this tactic failed, he added, “they started using muscle power instead of dialogue”. The column was in response to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had asked Haasan for his opinion on the communalism and backwardness that was entering Tamil Nadu politics.

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