Indian comedian Vir Das sparks explosive online debate with controversial tale of 'two Indias'

A comedian’s powerful monologue addressing some of India’s most sensitive issues including rape and farmersprotests has split opinion in the country, with right-wing activists calling for his arrest while supporters rally to his defense.

Comedian Vir Das performedI come from two Indias” — a speech chronicling what he perceives as the country’s dual personalityat the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., 11 월 12. A six-minute video of the speech uploaded to YouTube Monday has garnered more than 850,000 views at the time of publishing.
I come from an India where we worship women during the day, but gang rape them at night,” Das said in the monologue.
    I come from an India where we take pride in being vegetarian, and yet run over the farmers who grow our vegetables,” 그는 덧붙였다, 참고로 deaths of at least eight people last month when a car linked to a federal minister allegedly ran over several people during a protest against controversial farm laws.
      The hashtag #VirDas is trending in India, 이상 60,000 tweets as of Wednesday afternoon.
        Ashutosh Dubey, a legal adviser to the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party said he filed a complaint with the Mumbai police Tuesday against Das’ “inflammatory” 코멘트.
        안에 post to Twitter, Dubey accused Das ofdefaming and spoiling the image of India in the USA.
          Indian filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said Dasshould be immediately arrestedfor his comments.
          I see a terrorist in this man called #VirDas,” 그 wrote on Twitter Tuesday, adding Das should betried under terror laws.
          In a statement posted to Twitter Tuesday, Das defended his monologue, 그는 추가 “takes pride” 인도.
          The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate Indias, that do different things,” 그는 말했다. “Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret.
          그 동안에, Das has received support from several opposition politicians, 언론인, and activists.
          Shashi Tharoor, a lawmaker with the opposition Congress Party, said Dasspoke for millions” 안에 게시하다 트위터에서.
          A stand-up comedian who knows the real meaning of the term ‘stand upis not physical but moral,” 그는 말했다.
          Another Congress lawmaker, Kapil Sibal, also backed Das. “None can doubt that there are two India’s [sic]. Just that we don’t want an Indian to tell the world about it,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “We are intolerant and hypocritical.
            최근 몇 달 동안, some Indian comedians have raised fears about what they say is an escalating crackdown on free speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
            Muslim comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested in January for allegedly makingindecent remarksabout Hindu gods, according to CNN affiliate CNN-News18. Faruqui was granted bail by the 2 월 대법원, News18 reported.

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