Kamal Haasan started his journey in the film world as a child artist and emerged as one of the biggest superstars of India. His versatility in acting gave us many memorable characters that are still captivating. Not to forget he also directed movies that experienced a fair share of success in box office. Presently, he is exploring a very different path of life. This actor has now plunged into the world of politics.
Recently, he had a #AskKamalHaasan session on social media where he was answering the questions of netizens. One user raised the question that how he proposes to take the issue of caste to the next generation. In other words, the user wanted to know how will he work towards abolishing the stigma of the caste system as a politician. Here’s the tweet:
#AskKamalHaasan .Sir, how would you take caste to the next generation? Will it be optional for school and college admissions?
— nancy (@prisilda_nancy) June 28, 2018
To which, Kamal Haasan replied that he refused to fill caste or religion column for his daughter’s school form. He further said that every individual needs to contribute for initiating change. Read the reply here:
I refused to fill in the caste&religion column in both my daughters’ school admission certificate.That’s the only way,it will pass on to the next generation.Every individual shld start contributing fr progress.Kerala started implementing the same.Those who do shld be celebrated https://t.co/DLdTubcfW1Advertisement
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) June 30, 2018
However, another user pointed out that during a talk show his daughter Shruti Haasan proudly asserted her caste identity. Here’s the video:
@ikamalhaasan ur attempts to abolish caste has totally failed sir despite you not filling in the school application. Start your reform from home sir. Not filling in caste is not a solution, bring the kids up in a way they don’t know their caste #Hypocrite @a007jay @mohan_vinoth https://t.co/VWnCkNRsik
— Nambikai Kannan 🌐 (@prashanthfan) July 1, 2018
Soon Twitterati started accusing him of being a hypocrite and having double standards. Needless to say, they started trolling him mercilessly. Here’s what they wrote:
Where?? In schools and colleges everybody is allowed to join…but because of this quota poor guys like us in BC are suffering a lot…
— thandapani (@ThanduMadurai) June 30, 2018
Kamal’s atheism is a typical example of upper class atheism where u think u can say ‘I don’t believe in caste system and laugh at a few rituals’ and you have contributed to the fight against the system. It shows ignorance of real struggles faced by Dalits and a disconnect.
— Sumithra Raghavan (@sumiraghav) July 3, 2018
Caste passes on to next-gen by parenting and not just by filling caste in school admission form.
Proof: Shruti Hassan Iyengar’s interview with Niranjan Iyengar.
Sorry Mr. @ikamalhaasan your idea isn’t working. #AskKamalHaasan pic.twitter.com/qmsnbMjono
— The Mask (@mask2821) June 30, 2018
You could do that & get away with it because you are Kamal Haasan, our forms would’ve been thrown in the bin & our kids denied admission had we ever dared to leave any columns blank!
— RD (@DharRenuka) June 30, 2018
Once upon a time, a schoolboy had brought biriyani from his home and was ridiculing fellow classmates those avail free mid-day meal; asking them to refuse it. That boy grew up into Kamal Haasan.
— #HBDARR51 ARunkumAR (@cheyyaruarun) June 30, 2018
Without the details of your Caste and Religion, application will be rejected, Then what to do?? Since you are financially strong you can tutor your daughter studies from Home, what about others?? let’s be practical Sir
— SathyaVijayakumar (@Aryanvijaykumar) June 30, 2018
Do you also think Kamal Haasan is a hypocrite?