Massive protests and candlelight marches were held in almost every part of the country following the Pulwama terror attack – the second most deadly attack in the history of the Central Reserve Police Force. Sample this: over 100 rallies were held all across Delhi since February 15 to commemorate the Pulwama attack. Almost everyone from all walks of life: including doctors, housewives, traders, corporate employees, and the unemployed, took part in chanting slogans against Pakistan. While many asked for immediate and strong action against Pakistan, others are of the view that war is not the only option.
While it is still not clear how and when India would take proportionate revenge on Pakistan, one thing is sure that India’s political leadership is determined to give a befitting reply to its perpetrators.
On the terror attack, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has given a statement which is sure to raise eyebrows. Haasan, has asked why the government was not holding a plebiscite in Kashmir and questioned what the government was ‘afraid of’.
He also referred to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as ‘Azad Kashmir’, and said India should ‘not behave like this’ if it has to prove that it is a ‘better country’.
Actor turned Neta Kamal Hassan has ridiculed Kashmir solution asked why India is not holding plebiscite in Kashmir. He also called Pak occupied Kashmir – as ‘Azaad Kashmir’ | @Ahmedshabbir20 with details #KamalPlebisciteCall pic.twitter.com/nuuSRgOtXp
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) February 18, 2019
“I truly regret when people say army men are going to Kashmir to die. The army itself is an old fashioned thing. Like how the world changed, How we decided that humans will not kill each other for food, likewise a time will come to stop fighting. Has the civilisation not learnt this in the past 10 years?”
“When I was running a magazine called ‘Maiyam’ I have written about Kashmir issue and what is expected. I mourn this day because I forecasted that this is what will happen, unfortunately, I should have predicted something else. Hold plebiscite and make people talk…why have they not conducted it? What are they scared of? They want to divide the nation that’s all. Why don’t you ask them again? They won’t do it? Now it (Kashmir) belongs to India, the same situation prevails across the border.”
Here is how netizens reacted on Hassan’s comments:
Anyone speaking like Kamal Hassan the “intellectual, top rate actor and would be political leader” either is first rate stupid or needs brain surgery.
— RomeshNadir🇮🇳 (@RomeshNadir) February 18, 2019
Aukat pr aa gaya
— Kumar Pallav ‘Chitraansh’ (@pallavk44) February 18, 2019
He is right..
If there is no problem in Kashmir, why india not go for referendum?
— haroon aslam (@haroona16805545) February 18, 2019
For Decades our brave young men are ” sacrificed ” at the borders especially in J& K . They have been , many a time . sitting ducks and loose their life witout a fight.
They are ” thrown ” into hostile envir’mnt by poli’cians sitting faraway from the scene of action.
— P Joseph Lopez (@PJosephLopez1) February 18, 2019
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— 🇮🇳Nation first🇮🇳 (@SandipTheReal1) February 18, 2019
Without knowing the consequences, he talks
— Sengottuvelu (@velupks) February 18, 2019
@AmitShah @rajnathsingh @narendramodi_in Answer Kamal Hassan. Why India betrayed Kashmir for plebscite promised by the than PM Nehru after signing Instrument of Accession. This is wake up call stop acting like stubborn orthodox emperorers who are lost in history.
— Dr Dilawer Ali (@dilawer_dr) February 18, 2019
Why there will be referendum ?
There can be 1947 like open come and go for alll those who want to leave Indian Kashmir can cross border and go in Pakistan !!
Land belong to country, people can resettle wherever they want to but they can’t carry India’s land with them.
— Sunny Samuel Mittra 🇮🇳 (@sunnymittra) February 18, 2019
https://t.co/4Tff8Kirm3 Read the resolution and fillow the steps. We cant progress till we complete these steps and the first step is an instruction to Pakistan!!
— Natarajan S (@natarsx) February 18, 2019
Kindly educate Kamal Hassan that Kashmir,a princely state merged with India&since then Pakistan also carved out of India has Been making trouble in Kashmir valley,a 20% land holding of J&K.Plebiscite call is irrelevant as POK was never vacated.
— Subhash (@SubhashG5156) February 18, 2019
What is the proper behavior on both sides??? Explain the formula here.
— RAMJI Lal Gupta (@RAMJILalGupta12) February 18, 2019
What’s the use of plebiscite when Kashmiri Pandits gave driven out and Pakistanis have migrated in the valley.
— Ankit Raturi (@mrdexteroushere) February 18, 2019
Kamal Hassan needs to be educated.UN SC resolution 47 puts following conditions-1.Plebiscite shld b conducted in Kashmir n Pak occupied Kashmir,simultaneously. 2 Pak army mst withdraw frm PoK first. So Kamal Hassan as an INDIAN shld ask Pak Army to give up Pak occupied kashmir.
— Levina🇮🇳 (@LevinaNeythiri) February 18, 2019
The local language of POK is Punjabi you have changed the demography over time , while it’s Kashmiri on our side no point now son
— Visage (@zeerax26) February 18, 2019
However, Kamal Haasan’s party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, issued a clarification on Monday claiming his words were taken out of context.
— Makkal Needhi Maiam | மக்கள் நீதி மய்யம் (@maiamofficial) February 18, 2019
Haasan launched MNM in February 2018 and is likely to contest the general elections in 2019.