As if the controversy that is already surrounding him is not enough, Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan has triggered a fresh one, by saying that there was no term called ‘Hindu’ before Mughals.
In a tweet, he said the 12 Alwars or the 63 Nayanmars did not mention the word Hindu. The actor-politician further said the term ‘Hindu’ was given by Moghals or by others who came earlier to rule. The British who later ruled the nation seconded the term.
“When we have various identities, it is ignorance to have a title given by a foreigner as a religion,” he said and added that even though the identity `Indian’ is of recent origin, it will live long.
Earlier on Friday, he said “every religion has its own terrorists” and that no one claim to be sanctimonious. He also said that he was not afraid of being arrested but warned any such action would escalate tensions.
The remarks made during the Aravakurichi Assembly segment by-poll campaign meet on Sunday were not made for the first time, he added.