Kamal Haasan, a politician affiliated with Makkal Needhi Maiam, asked why does the government is not holding a plebiscite in Kashmir and “what the government was afraid of?”. Referring to Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Mr. Haasan said that if India wanted to prove that it is a ‘better country’, then it should ‘not behave like this’.
Referring to the current situation in Kashmir after Pulwama attack, Mr. Haasan, “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?”
While addressing a gathering in Chennai, he also said, ”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.”
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