Cheni, Feb 22: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said that saffron has its place in the tiol flag but it should not spread all over it, in a remark interpreted as an attack on the BJP and Hindutva forces.
Saffron should not spread all over tricolour: Kamal
“Even the Indian tiol flag has saffron. But it (the colour) should not spread all over the flag is what I am saying,” said Kamal, President of newly-formed political party Makkal Needhi Maiam.
In his latest column in a Tamil weekly magazine Anda Vikatan, Kamal said he has not insulted the saffron band on the tricolour — which signifies courage and sacrifice.
Citing tiol leaders who fought for freedom, he said they had differed with each other but stood united to fight for the same goal, adding that this lesson should not be lost.
He said for the success of Indian democracy, one cannot forget the contributions of B.R. Ambedkar and Alladi Krishswamy Iyer in drafting our Constitution.
On the core political philosophy, Kamal said he does not want to be tied down to the rrow confines of any single ‘ism’.
“All ‘isms’ are for social reform. And it cannot be said all have succeeded. It cannot be agreed that a book written in some corner of the world will suit the whole world,” Kamal said. (IANS)