Following protests by the VHP (Vishnu Hindu Parishad), comedian Kunal Kamra’s scheduled show has been cancelled. Kamra was slated to perform for a gig on September 17 and 18 in Haryana’s Gurugram.
As per the right-wing organisation, the comedian’s show should have been called off on the basis of jokes that hurt religious sentiments. The VHP has accused Kamra of mocking Hindu gods and goddesses. Accordingly, Gurugram’s Studio Xo Bar has cancelled Kamra’s show titled Kunal Kamra Live.
This follows protests by Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. A source said that the VHP wrote to the district commissioner of Gurugram, IAS Nishant Kumar Yadav.
Vishva Hindu Parishad today submitted a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram to cancel the show of comedian Kunal Kamra scheduled in Gurugram on the 17th of this month citing, he makes jokes on Hindu deities which may lead to a tense situation in the district. pic.twitter.com/HQJJ7RqWN7
— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2022
Refuting allegations that his shows disrupt harmony or hurt any religious sentiment, the comedian took a veiled jibe at authorities on Twitter.
“He makes fun of our culture, we claim, He makes fun of our deities, we think, We have no evidence, but his show disrupts our peace. 12 of us don’t want the show to happen & 500 have got tickets to watch it, So what should the authorities do? (UPSC question 10 marks)”
He makes fun of our culture we claim,
He makes fun of our deities we think,
We have no evidence but his show disrupts our peace,
12 of us don’t want the show to happen & 500 have got tickets to watch it,
So what should the authorities do?
(UPSC question 10 marks) https://t.co/wQMgRfXHEE
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) September 9, 2022
The update surfaced after another comedian Munawar Faruqui’s scheduled show was cancelled in Delhi. The show was slated to go live on August 28, but was denied permission by the Delhi Police. In a report, the officials alleged that his shows would affect ‘communal harmony’ in the area.
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