Leftist propagandists are learning that the river of tolerance cannot indefinitely flow in one direction.
Alleged stand up comedian Munawar Faruqui was interrupted during a stand up show in Indore, and subsequently hauled off the to local police station. The show was interrupted by Eklavya Gaud, a local leader, who said that Munawar Faruqui had a history of mocking Hindu gods and godessess. A member of the group climbed on the stage, and told Munawar Faruqui that his material was unacceptable. There was a 7-8 minute back-and-forth between the duo, with both the leader and Munawar Faruqui trying to explain their stands to the audience. Following this, Munawar Faruqui got off the stage, and was taken to the local police station. The event took place at the Munroe cafe in Indore.
The police said that the leaders had alleged that unacceptable remarks about gods and goddesses were made during the show. The leaders also alleged that the requisite permissions hadn’t been taken for the show, and underage children were present in the audience. The police said that they were looking at the video evidence as a part of their investigation.
This isn’t the first time that Munawar Faqruqui has courted controversy. In a previous stand-up “comedy” bit, Faruqui had used the lyrics of popular Bollywood scores to mock Lord Rama over his 14 years of exile, and portrayed Sita as an insecure wife suspicious of her husband Lord Rama’s loyalty.
Munawar Faruqui had also “joked” about how the burnt train of the Godhra massacre, in which 59 Hindu pilgrims were killed, was “directed by Amit Shah” and “produced by RSS.”
In another video, Faruqui had joked about India losing Ladakh.
Munawar Faruqui has also previously compared making a mandir with making bombs.
It appears that it was these previous comedy bits, as well as whatever was said during the Indore show, that prompted members of a local group to protest, and lodge a police complaint.
If India had absolute freedom of speech, one could say that Munawar Faruqui was simply exercising his constitutional rights of free speech. But India has nothing even remotely resembling free speech. A few months ago, a man in Bengaluru was arrested for making a joke on the Prophet Muhammad. Sudarshan TV was also pre-emptively banned for hosting a program that simply pointed out the rising number of candidates from a particular community in the UPSC services. Yet for the longest time, there was no action against comedians, who under the garb of their freedom of speech, were mocking India’s territorial integrity, spreading patently fake news about communal massacres, and denigrating Hindu gods. With a police complaint now being filed against Munawar Faruqui, one would hope that India would be able to enforce its standards of freedom of speech, whatever they might be, in a manner that’s fair and equitable for all.