Comic Vir Das beneath Hindu nationalist fireplace over ‘two Indias’ jab

Comedian and actor pressured to defend himself after he’s accused of ‘insulting the country’ throughout a efficiency in US.

An Indian comic and actor has been pressured to defend himself towards on-line accusations of “insulting the country” after he carried out a “two Indias” monologue within the United States.

Vir Das, 42, is considered one of India’s high satirical performers, identified for his sharp takes on the rise of the Hindu nationalist forces within the nation.

Critics say intolerance towards minority communities, primarily Muslims, has intensified in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi got here to energy in 2014, and that freedom of speech is beneath menace on the planet’s largest democracy.

“I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang rape them at night,” Das advised a packed Washington, DC venue throughout his present world tour.

In an almost seven-minute-long video posted on Monday, he coated points starting from air air pollution, journalism and Modi’s coronavirus reduction efforts to cricket.

“I come from an India where we bleed blue every time we play green,” he mentioned, referring to the sporting uniforms of his nation and archrival Pakistan.

“But every time we lose to green, we turn orange all of a sudden.” Orange refers to muscular Hindu nationalism, usually symbolised by the color saffron.

“I come from an India that will watch this and know there is a gigantic joke. It just isn’t funny,” he mentioned.

Soon after Das launched the video on social media, customers accused him of insulting India on the worldwide stage, and at the least two police complaints had been filed towards him.

Leading Indian actress Kangana Ranaut slammed Das, calling the video “soft terrorism” and writing on Instagram: “Strict action should be taken against such criminals.”

Das took to Twitter insisting the video was a “satire about the duality of two separate Indias that do different things”.

“Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it,” he posted.

The backlash towards Das shouldn’t be the primary time an Indian comedian has come beneath fireplace from right-wing Hindu teams and activists.

Comedian Munawar Faruqui was held in jail for greater than a month after being accused of insulting Hindu gods and goddesses. This month, he cancelled three exhibits in Mumbai after a Hindu right-wing group threatened to set the venue on fireplace.