Mumbai, May 13: Vivek Anand Oberoi on Monday slammed actor-politician Kamal Haasan over his “first terrorist of independent India was Hindu” remark, saying the actor-politician should not divide the country.
While campaigning for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s candidate for the May 19 Assembly by-election in Aravakuruchi in Karur district on Sunday, Haasan said: “The first terrorist of an independent India was a Hindu – Nathuram Godse.”
It was Godse who shot dead Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi.
Referring to Gandhi’s killing, Haasan added: “I am here to question that killing.”
Haasan’s remark did not go down well with a section of netizens, including several politicians.
Vivek, who is a vocal supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was also not impressed.
In a Twitter post, Vivek wrote: “Dear Kamal sir, you are a great artiste. Just like art has no religion, terror has no religion either! You can say Godse was a terrorist, why would you specify ‘Hindu’? Is it because you were in a Muslim dominated area looking for votes?
“Please sir, from a much smaller artiste to a great one, let’s not divide this country, we are one. Jai Hind.”
Earlier, President of Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit Tamilisai Soundararajan had slammed Haasan for calling Nathuram Godse independent India’s first ‘Hindu’ terrorist.
Soundararajan in a tweet said recalling Gandhi’s assassination now and calling it Hindu terrorism was condemnable.
“Standing amidst minorities in TN by-election campaign, he is lighting a dangerous fire to gain votes by minority appeasement. Kamal didn’t opine on recent Sri Lanka bomb blast, why?” Soundararajan tweeted.
“He (Kamal) threatened to leave India when his film (“Vishwaroopam”) screening was prevented by religious groups! But now he calls himself true Indian! True political acting started now having lost the chances in screenplay,” she said.