Comedian and actor Vir Das’s powerful monologue at Kennedy Center in Washington DC, US, has rattled right wing in India. Vir Das read a poem named ‘Two Indias’. Das uploaded a segment of this video on his YouTube channel. On this, BJP trolls on social media are accusing him of defaming India abroad.
The comedian spoke about a lot of important issues, and raised questions about several things that people have been talking about in recent times. From the PM Cares fund to cricket to women’s safety in India, the short monologue covered a wide variety of subjects.
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In the six-minute video, Vir Das talks about some of the most topical issues in India, from its battle against Covid-19, rape cases, crackdown against comedians to the farmers’ protests.
Soon, clips of the video went viral on social media, specifically the part where he said, “I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night.”
While BJP supporters criticised Vir Das for generalisation of such incidents in India, intellectual lauded him for his ‘brave’ stand.
Some excerpts from the poem read by Vir Das–
“I come from India, where the AQI is 9000 but we still lie on our roofs and watch the stars at night.”
“I come from an India where we bleed blue every time we play green but every time we lose to green, we turn orange all of a sudden.”
“I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gangrape them at night.”
“I come from India, where we take pride in being vegetarian yet run over the farmers who grow our vegetables.”
“I come from an India that is going to watch this and say ‘This isn’t comedy. Where’s the goddamn joke?’ and yet I come from an India that will watch this and know there is a gigantic joke, it just isn’t funny.”
You can watch the video here: