Actor Kamal Hassan, who recently sparked news of entering the arena of politics, has bashed the right-wing Hindus for turning into terrorists to propagate their communal agenda. In a column of a Tamil magazine, the 62-year-old actor claimed that right wing Hindus didn’t use force in the past but now terrorism has seeped into their fold as well. Hassan wrote, “Earlier, the right-wing Hindus employed debates, and not force, against people of other religions. Having realised that their attempts are failing, they have started using violence."
MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 27, 2008: Actor Kamal Haasan. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
The Vishwaroopam star was replying to a question by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had asked for the star’s opinion on ‘the attempt by Hindutva forces to infiltrate Tamil Nadu.’ To which Hassan cited the Tamil Dravidian movement that was started 1,000 years ago and how the social revolution bought by Ramanujam was a landmark.
Kamal Hassan heavily criticised the right-wing ideology in the column saying that their attempts to dominate won’t succeed and added that only change is permanent. No matter how many forces push it back, Tamil Nadu will once again prevail as the forerunner in social reforms. Kerala is standing as an example today. Congrats for that."
Making a derisive attack, the south superstar , “There is no possibility that the attempt by fascists to shift the world towards the right will succeed. The shift towards the right is only a temporary fashion, a cosmetic change. It will not last. The backward old generation, particularly those belonging to the upper castes, which is rattled by the equality evolving in society, is trying to feed their caste-driven, backward ideology to the young generation by sugar coating it and presenting it as a modern idea."
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 30: Prix Henri Langlois 2016 awarded director/actor Kamal Haasan attends '10eme Rencontres Internationales de Cinema de Patrimoine 2016' Opening Ceremony at Mairie du 16eme on March 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
The actor has stated that the human race has a scientific fervor that will lead them to rationalism, despite opposition. “The youth in the state are not waiting for the change to happen. They have stepped into the fray to protect Tamil Nadu."
Alluding to mindless corporate greed and dogma, Hassan wrote, "Destroying agriculture for commercial gains and selling mythology as history are evils they have been tirelessly carrying forward for ages." If Kamal won't swing right, will he lean left?