There was no religion called Hinduism during the time of Rajaraja Chola : Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan spews venom yet again 

Famous South Indian actor Kamal Haasan

Chennai – Kamal Haasan, a famous South Indian actor and political party leader has said, ‘During the time of Rajaraja Chola, the concept of the Hindu religion was non-existent. During that time, there were only religions called Vaishnavam, Shivam and Samanam. The term ‘Hindu’ was coined by the British for their convenience’. Recently, the Tamil film ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’, based on a Chola king, has been released. He was speaking at an event organised for it. Famous director Mani Ratnam produced this movie. Kamal Haasan’s statement has led to a controversy.

Before Kamal Haasan, Tamil film director Vetrimaaran also said that Chola kings were not Hindus. He said that our identities and culture are being taken away from us continuously. They are being saffronised. Chola kings are called Hindu kings.

Chola kings were Hindus ! – BJP

BJP leader H Raja has criticised these statements. He said that Rajaraja Chola was the Hindu king. Although I don’t know as much history as Vetrimaaran, Rajaraja Chola built 2 churches and a mosque.

Editorial Viewpoints

  • A question arises whether Kamal Haasan considers himself a Hindu ! Many people in Tamil Nadu consider themselves Dravidian rather than Hindu. As they do not even know the meaning of the word Hindu, they are deceiving themselves with such mindset !
  • It was the Chola kings who expanded Indian culture not only in Tamil Nadu but also in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and other South Asian countries by establishing power in those places ! Even today, a large number of Hindus live there !