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Don't want to hurt Hindu sentiments: Kamal Haasan clarifies his earlier remark

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Actor Kamal Haasan, who recently courted a controversy with his comments on Hindu right-wing terror groups, on Tuesday said his remarks were lost in...

Chennai : Actor Kamal Haasan, who recently courted a controversy with his comments on Hindu right-wing terror groups, on Tuesday said his remarks were lost in translation.

"I never used the word 'terrorist', I used 'extremist'," he said.

He was earlier quoted as saying, in his column for a Tamil daily, that 'the existence of Hindu terrorists could not be denied and that where the Hindus once used to debate, they have now resorted to violence.'

"I definitely don't want to hurt Hindu sentiments, as I myself belong to a Hindu family, but have taken a different path," Haasan added.

"The right-wing cannot challenge the talk of the Hindu terrorists, because terror has spread into their camp as well," the Tamil film icon had written.

Haasan's remark drew flak from various quarters, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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