‘Young child’ being targeted: Kamal on ‘Sanatana’ remark row

Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Friday said DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Youth Welfare Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin is being “hounded” for his remark on Sanatana Dharma.

Addressing a party meet in Coimbatore, Kamal Haasan, without naming Udhayanidhi, the BJP or any other outfit, said a “young child” is being targeted today as he had spoken about Sanatana Dharma.

Indicating that there is nothing new about the minister’s remark on Sanatana Dharma, the actor implied that several leaders of the Dravidian movement such as Udhayanidhi’s grandfather and late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi have also spoken about it in the past.

Kamal Haasan said the extent of reformist leader Periyar V Ramasamy’s anger against social ills can be understood from the leader’s life. He said people like himself understood the word ‘Sanatana’ only due to Periyar.

Though Periyar had been the administrator of a temple and had even performed puja while in Kashi, he gave up all that and dedicated his entire life in the service of people, Kamal Haasan said.