People have been waiting for the actor’s big announcement and although he claimed to have “entered politics” at his birthday event in Chennai, there are no signs of it.
Haasan had said that right-wing Hindutva groups cannot deny the existence of Hindu extremism.
“In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence.”
In a world increasingly defined by new media and a satellite television network no longer monopolised by political parties, mass films are perhaps no longer the only path to mass politics.
The actor’s plans of launching a new party instead of joining an alliance is being viewed as a direct threat to the DMK.
To say, as BJP stalwarts have done, that Aamir Khan’s stardom is evidence of the country’s ‘tolerance’ is to merely prove that a climate of nasty majoritarianism is in the air: “Look, despite India being a Hindu nation we still allow Muslims to rise to the top.”