Comic Vir Das’ ‘I Come From 2 Indias’ Video Prompts Case By BJP Leader
Written by Shresta Dutt on November 17, 2021
Aditya Jha, a spokesperson of the BJP in Delhi, has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police accusing Vir Das of belittling the country on foreign soil.
Comic Vir Das’s viral “I come from two Indias” video, furiously debated on social media, has provoked a police complaint by a BJP leader. Aditya Jha, a spokesperson of the BJP in Delhi, has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police accusing Vir Das of belittling the country on foreign soil.
Mr Jha tweeted a video saying he “will not tolerate anyone insulting our nation in another country” and will fight for the arrest of Vir Das.
“I will take this fight to a decisive end. I want Vir Das to be arrested so that no one can malign the nation like this,” Mr Jha says, urging people to support his cause.
Vir Das on Monday posted a video filmed at his show at Washington’s Kennedy Centre. In a six-minute monologue, he describes two contrasting faces of the country and refers to many recent controversial topics in broad strokes.
“I come from an India that has the largest working population under 30 on the planet but still listens to 75-year-old leaders with 150-year-old ideas,” he says in the viral monologue.
The 42-year-old stand-up comic last evening put out a clarification that he never intended to insult the nation, that his piece was a satire.
“The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate Indias that do different things. Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great. It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in, and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. That”s the point of the video and the reason for the applause,” Vir Das said in his statement.