Actor Kamal Haasan who is all set to launch his own political party, on Thursday said he is neither anti-Hindu nor against any other religion. Stating that his own brother Chandrahaasan and daughter Shruthi Haasan were “devout,” he said he viewed Christianity and Islam in a “similar” manner.
Writing in his political column in Tamil weekly ‘Ananda Vikatan,’ Haasan said, “Some are making efforts to create an appearance as if I am against some and favourably disposed towards others. Some are saying I am anti-Hindu.” He also added that “I am not against anyone”, adding that he was following the same line among his fan club members as well.
Haasan has usually refrained from taking an extreme stand in the debate on religion. “I belong to a Hindu family. It is a fact that my grandmother and my elder brothers were all following the same tradition. But I came out of my religion and caste in search of truth. But I do not want to glorify or ridicule anything. Neither am I an atheist. I would say I am a rationalist,” he had said.
The actor is soon expected to take a plunge in politics and will travel across Tamil Nadu to learn and understand about people’s problems. His meetings are scheduled to start from February 21 and will be interactive in nature. “I need to talk to people. Since they have allowed me to enter politics, preparations are to be made to work for them,” Haasan had said earlier.