India’s “first extremist” was a Hindu: Makkal Needhi Maiyam Chief

Vastavam web: Stoking a controversy, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiyam founder Kamal Haasan has said free India’s first “extremist was a Hindu” — Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi. Haasan’s comments drew sharp reaction from the state BJP, which slammed him for indulging in “divisive politics”. It also approached the Election Commission of India, seeking action against Haasan for “gross violation” of the Model Code of Conduct.

However, the Congress and Dravidar Kazhagam, a rationalist organisation floated by Dravidian veteran, the late E V R Periyar, came out in support of the MNM leader. “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first extremist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (extremism, apparently) starts,” he said.

Haasan said he was a “self-assumed great-grandson” of Gandhi and that 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.