Kunal Kamra writes to VHP: Show me proof that I disrespected Hinduism

A few days after his the show was canceled in Gurgaon after members of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) threatened to protest and disrupt the event, stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra wrote a letter to the VHP asking him to expose the killer of Mahatma Gandhi , Nathuram Godse, to prove that the outfit is pro-Hindu and counter-terrorism. He also asked them to show proof that he had disrespected the Hindu religion.

Kamra was scheduled to perform at Studio Xo Bar in Sector 29 on September 17 and 18. In an Instagram post on August 29, the bar released a poster titled “Kunal Kamra Live” with show times and ticket details. After Bajrang Dal and Sena intervened, the club manager decided to cancel the show and did not file a complaint with the police.

In the letter, Kamra wrote, “Respected Hindu Parishad, I have not used the Hindu prefix with your name because I do not believe that the Hindus of the world have made you a representative of their faith. You threatened the club owner and canceled my show in Gurgaon. How can I blame him? He has to run a business, how will he deal with the morons? He won’t go to the police either. Even if he goes to the police, the police will come to you and make a request. The whole system is yours. But when have I disrespected Hindu culture, as you accuse me of doing?

Asking the VHP to show proof that he had disrespected religion, Kamra wrote, “If there is a clip or show, please show it to me as well. I only make satires on the government. If you are the darling of the government, you may be offended. How did the Hindu get into this? I don’t usually think I need to take a test regarding my relationship with God. But I will still do a test and test you as well. I say Jai Sita Ram and Jai Radha Krishna loudly and proudly. If you are really the children of India, write Godse murdabad. Otherwise, I will think you are anti-Hindu and pro-terrorism. You don’t consider Godse to be God, do you? »

“If you do, please continue to get my shows canceled in the future as well. I will be happy that I won the test of being more Hindu than you. I will do anything, I will get the fruits of my labor fierce because being a better Hindu than you, I think getting crumbs by threatening someone is a sin,” he added.

On Friday, Sahil Dawra, the clubs manager, told The Indian Express: “We have decided to cancel the show. I don’t want any trouble… Two men from Bajrang Dal… came and they threatened to disrupt the show. They objected to the show and said they would not allow the show to take place. I’ve spoken with the owners, the police and the comedian and I don’t want any risk to my business and organization…so we’ve decided to cancel it. We have not filed any complaints with the police. We wrote to the box office and started the process to cancel the show.

Last month, a stand-up show by comedian Munawar Faruqui was canceled in Bangalore after a right-wing group petitioned the city’s police commissioner alleging he had hurt Hindu feelings in his shows in making insulting remarks about Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. It was the second time in less than a year that Faruqui’s show was canceled in the capital of Karnataka.