CHENNAI: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday sparked a fresh controversy by saying that independent India's first terrorist was a 'Hindu' and he was Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.
The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder made the statement while speaking at an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency, which is scheduled to witness bypoll on May 19.
Haasan also stressed that his statement labelling Godse as a terrorist was not meant to appease the Muslims in the constituency.
“Independent India’s first terrorist was a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse. “I’m not saying this because this is a locality with a sizeable Muslim population, I’m saying this in front of a Gandhi statue,” said Haasan.
The MNM chief added that he is the great-grandson of Gandhi in his conscience. “I am here to question that murder today. Consider it that way,” he said.