Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, on Tuesday, told India Today TV that Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan’s ‘India’s first terrorist is Hindu’ remark was unwarranted.
“If you say Nathuram Godse was a terrorist, it’s fine. I have no love for the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi. But why say he was a Hindu. Why is he trying to sell Hindu-phobia, a false narrative of Hindu terror?,” Vivek Oberoi, who played the lead role in PM Narendra Modi biopic, told India Today TV.
“When will he realise that terror has no religion. Would Kamal Haasan sir say call the man, who killed several innocent Muslims at a mosque [Christchurch attack, New Zealand], a Christian Muslim. Would that not hurt Christian feelings?”
Vivek Oberoi’s statement came in reaction to a controversial statement by Kamal Haasan at a rally in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Haasan had told people that independent India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name was Nathuram Godse. His remark had drawn sharp criticism from several leaders and personalities, including Vivek Oberoi.
Vivek Oberoi had made his feelings clear via a tweet: “Dear Kamal sir, you are a great artist. Just like art has no religion, terror has no religion either! You can say Ghodse was a terrorist, why would you specify Hindu’? Is it because you were in a Muslim dominated area looking for votes? @ikamalhaasan.”
Vivek Oberoi told India Today TV that being a Hindu, who respects all religions, he expects same respect for his religion. “Why do people take Hindu sentiments for granted?,” Oberoi asked.
“Whoever tries to use divisive politics and hate agendas for garnering votes is doing a great disservice to the nation, because it takes a lot for us to be united. This kind of tearing of the social fabric by irresponsible comments by somebody who is followed by many hurts a lot,” the actor said.
The Omkar actor argued that those who insist on identifying the religion of terror should also call Mahatma Hindu. “It is a shame that these people [those using saffron terror term as divisive politics] have lived in a country among harmony with temples, mosques, churches and synagogues for a thousand years,” he said.
On Sadhvi Pragya, Oberoi said that whether or not she was involved in any violent activity, her single case cannot be used to malign a history of peace and tolerance amongst different brethren in our country.
I think its is pathetic that a country which is on the verge to take on the globe, this [Jai Shri Ram vs Jai Hind] has become an electoral issue. To me personally, Jai Hind and Vandemataram are above anything. To me, it’s the nation first. But if someone gets dressed down by chief minister for saying Jai Shri Ram in the streets, it’s embarrassing. Would she do the same if people were saying Inshah Allah or Jesus Bless You?