I won't apologize for remarks on Periyar: Rajinikanth
Recently, Superstar Rajinikanth said that Tamil social reformer and Dravidian ideologue EV Ramasamy 'Periyar' carried out a controversial rally in 1971 and that the rally featured insults to the idols of Rama and Sita. Following his remarks, Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, a Dravidian outfit, has sought an apology from the legendary actor. A police complaint too has been lodged.
Speaking to the media earlier on Tuesday, Rajini said that he will not apologize for his remarks since he knows that what had said is true. "I did not make up what I said. There are even published stories in the media on it, I can show them. I will not apologize," the 'Darbar' actor said.
Periyar is highly regarded by many sections of Tamil society. At the same time, he is seen as a mediocre thinker by others, especially those who are opposed to his "superficial" rationalism. Rajini, who is a spiritual person, is naturally inclined to rejecting Periyar's "partisan politics" in the name of rationalism.