Bhopal : Madya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra bans shows of Comedian Vir Das throughout the state. Vir is currently police complaints over his monologue “I come from two Indias.”
Vir Das is in US Right now on Monday uploaded a six-minute video on YouTube titled “I come from two Indias”, which was a part of his recent performance at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.
The Mumbai-based stand-up comic, who has also dabbled in cinema, touched on various topics in the clip, including the farm protests, the battle against Covid-19, the duality in response to women, particularly rape, and the crackdown on comedians.
Speaking with PTI Narrottam Mishra said that they will think to remove ban if he apologizes. “We won’t allow such jesters to perform. If he tenders an apology, we are going to think over it,” Narottam Mishra told.
Vir Das, who has issued a statement saying his comments weren’t intended to insult the country, has found backing from TMC member Mahua Moitra as well as Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor.
Narottam Mishra said there are some jesters who try to “defame” India, and they have some supporters like Kapil Sibal and other Congress people.
“Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also defames India on foreign land. MP Congress chief Kamal Nath also does it,” the minister alleged.
“Such types of people like him, I call them ‘vidushak’ (jester) would not be allowed to perform in the state. If he (Vir Das) apologises, we are going to think over it,” he said.
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had criticised Vir Das for “vilifying the nation” and actor Kangana Ranaut demanded strict action against the comedian.
Last month, Narottam Mishra had issued a 24-hour ultimatum to fashion and jewellery designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee to withdraw an advertisement with “objectionable and obscene” portrayal of ‘mangalsutra’ or else face statutory action.
Prior to that, Dabur India Private Limited had withdrawn its Fem cream bleach advertisement, which showed a same-sex couple celebrating Karva Chauth and watching each other through a sieve, after Mishra termed the ad as objectionable and warned that legal steps would be taken against it.
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