Chennai, Nov 2: It's a free for all between the Tamil mega-star Kamal Haasan and the BJP over Hindu terror. About to launch his own political outfit, Hassan attacked BJP saying that Hindu terror exists and right wing cannot challenge it. Hit hard by Haasan, the BJP retorted by calling Haasan "mentally unstable".
In his column in a Tamil weekly magazine, Haasan on Thursday wrote that right wing groups have been inflicted by terrorism. "In the past, Hindu, right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence," Haasan said. "The right wing cannot challenge talk of Hindu terrorists because terror has spread into their camp as well," the megastar wrote.
"Hindus are losing faith in 'satyameva jayate' and instead subscribing to 'might is right'," Haasan added. His comments are seen in response to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan's comment that recent communalisation seeks to destroy the Tamil Dravidian tradition of peaceful co-existence.
"World over, there is a move towards fascism and a leaning toward the right-wing. But this is a temporary trend, it won't win," he wrote, adding, "There is an attempt to bring back regressive thinking in music, art, to make it right-wing, not just in Tamil Nadu but throughout the country." This comes in the backdrop of BJP calling for removal of anti-GST comments in Tamil film "Mersal", a film that Haasan supports.
Reacting to Haasan, senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar thereatened defamation case against the 62-year old act, while doubting his mental faculties. "His mental state is unstable. He should be getting treated in a hospital. Politics of such defamatory nature is not okay. He doesn't have any proof," he said.