Stone, eggs thrown at Kamal Haasan during election rally in TN

by Madhvi Bansal

Recently, stones and eggs were thrown at actor-politician Kamal Haasan at an election rally at Aravakuruchi in Tamil Nadu. the incident happened when Kamal Haasan was getting off the stage after completing his address. The eggs and stones by thrown by two people, who were now taken into custody by the police. Kamal Haasan is the founder of new political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). Haasan has kicked up controversy later this week, when he made a public comment upon hindu’s saying “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, a reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.

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Cadres of MNM Party attacked the two persons meanwhile police intervened and took the two to safety and they are now in police custody. After the incident,Haasan tweeted “”Dear MNM family and fans, this is an acid test for our decorum and demeanour. Do not listen to their noises and be drawn into their violence. They are extremists who are slighted by the Truth. Naalai Namadhey (tomorrow is ours)!”

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The incident happens a day after footwear was hurled towards a vehicle from which Haasan was addressing an election meeting in the Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday evening. Police has taken away the person for questioning person who threw the slipper on Kamal Haasan. The slipper fell before the dais and not near Haasan. Earlier, a group of 11 people shouted slogans and police has taken them into custody 

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The seed of controversy 

Hasan while campaigning for his party candidate at the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency made a statement about the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, it all started from there.” 

Haasan tweets that it is ignorance to have the name Hindu given by Mughals or by others who had ruled the nation before that. He said the 12 Alwars (Vaishnavite poet- saints) or the 63 Nayanmars (Saivite poet- saints) did not mention the word Hindu. The term Hindu was given by Mughals or by others who came earlier to rule. “The British who later ruled the nation seconded the term Hindu”. “When we have various identities, it is ignorance to have a title given by a foreigner as a religion,” he proclaimed. As per him, even though the identity ‘Indian’ is of recent origin, it will live long. 

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