“No doubt… there are two India’s’: Politicians, artists back Vir Das over ‘Two Indias’ monologue

Opposition leaders, activists, and artists took to social media to support comedian and actor Vir Das after BJP leaders rushed to police stations to file cases against the artist who has been targeted over his monologue “I come from two Indias.”

Das recently uploaded a video titled “I come from two Indias” on social media, which was part of his performance at John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

In the seven-minute clip which has amassed near 1 million views so far, Das speaks on the duality of the country, touching upon topics like the response to coronavirus pandemic, air pollution, farmers’ protests, cricket, and crimes against women.

A police complaint has been lodged against Das by Delhi BJP member Aditya Jha for allegedly using “derogatory statements against women and India” in a performance. Maharashtra BJP legal adviser Ashutosh J Dubey also filed a complaint in Mumbai.

Senior police officers, meanwhile, said no FIR has been registered yet, according to Indian Express.

Former union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal backed Das and said: “Vir Das. None can doubt that there are two India’s. Just that we don’t want an Indian to tell the world about it. We are intolerant and hypocritical.”

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also commended Das for “speaking for millions.”

“A stand-up comedian who knows the real meaning of the term “stand up” is not physical but moral. @thevirdas spoke for millions in this 6-minute take on the Two Indias he hails from & stands up for,” reads Tharoor’s tweet.

Das, meanwhile, took to Twitter to state that the video is a satire on the “good and evil” within the country.

He went on to say: “The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focussing 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.”