A show by comedian Kunal Kamra in Gurgaon was cancelled by the organisers on Friday after objection from Hindu militant groups Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
Kamra was scheduled to perform at Gurgaon’s Studio Xo Bar on September 17 and 18.
Hindutva groups alleged that Kamra mocks Hindu deities and that his show could lead to communal tension in the city. They also submitted a memorandum to the Gurgaon administration.
“One artist by the name of Kunal Kamra is organising a show at Studio Xo Bar in sector 29 Gurgaon on September 17. Yeh vyakti apne show mein Hindu devi va devtaon ka mazak udata hai (This person mocks Hindu deities in his show). An FIR has also been filed against him earlier in this regard. Iss show ke karan Gurgaon mein tanav utpan ho sakta hai (A tense situation may arise in Gurgaon due to this show). It is requested that the show be cancelled with immediate effect, otherwise Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers will protest against it,” read the memorandum accessed by Indian Express.
“We have decided to cancel the show. I do not want any trouble… Two men from Bajrang Dal… had come and they threatened to disrupt the show. They objected to the show and said that they will not allow the show to happen. I spoke with the owners, police, and the comedian and I don’t want any risk to my company and organisation… so we have decided to cancel it. We have not lodged any complaint with the police. We have written to the ticketing company and initiated the process to cancel the show,” Sahil Dawra, general manager, Studio Xo Bar said to Indian Express.
Kamara said that those who claim that he makes fun of Hindu deities have no evidence against him.