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The Saffron In The National Tricolour Shouldn't Spread To Entire Flag, Says Kamal Haasan

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| February 22 , 2018 , 15:29 IST

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan who made his foray into politics official when he launched his political party 'Makkal Needhi Maiam' on Wednesday, has already in the past stated his distaste for 'saffron', which commonly refers to the BJP and right-wing ideology.

Extending the concern over the spread of 'saffron', Kamal Haasan on Thursday said that while saffron is one of the three colours of the Indian flag, "it shouldn't spread to the entire flag".

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In Haasan's popular column in the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, Haasan wrote that while it would be wrong to say he "dishonours" saffron as the flag gives "space for that sacrifice", it was essential to "give space and respect others too."

Earlier, when questioned on a possible alliance with Tamil superstar Rajinikanth who also recently announced his entry into politics, Haasan had again made his views on 'saffron' clear when he said that an alliance would be "unlikely if his colour is saffron".

Haasan said that his party "Makkal Needhi Maiam", which translates to 'People's Justice Centre' is not left-wing or right-wing but 'centre'.

The entry of Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth into politics comes at a time of political instability in the state, which has been the stronghold of the two Dravidian parties, AIADMK and the DMK. The death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and the subsequent split and then coming together of two factions of AIADMK, along with the ailing leader of DMK's M Karunanidhi created a vacuum of sorts. BJP, despite its efforts, hasn't been able to secure any headway into the southern state.