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The World Students Society honours Standing up for all the Stand-up. As space for political satire diminishes as Indian authorities crack down on comedians.

One of India's top stand-up comedians, Vir Das, recently delivered a monologue called ''Two Indias'' while performing in Washington DC, in which he shared his thoughts about the South Asian nation's social issues.

During the show, Das described India as a country of paradoxes where people ''worship women during the day but gang-rape them at night.'' The show drew sharp criticism and even resulted in legal cases against the comic. Critics have accused him of defaming India.

Aditya Jha, a spokesperson for the ruling Bharatiya Janata party [ BJP ], filed a police complaint against Das for '' insulting the country. ''Indian media quoted Jha as saying, '' These derogatory statements against women and India are inflammatory. They were made in the US and malign the image of our country internationally. I want police to conduct an investigation.''

No place for political satire and dissent?

Amid the backlash, Das issued a statement saying his intention was to remind that India, despite its issues, was ''great''. His statement read, ''The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate Indias that do different things.

Like any nation, it has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great.''

Das isn't the first Indian stand-up comedian who has come under fire for sharing thoughts on social issues and taking political swipes at those in power. Many have had run-ins with authorities for simply being daring enough to directly mock the current political establishment.

In January, Munawar Faruqui, a Muslim comedian, was arrested and detained for almost a month in central Madhya Pradesh state based on a complaint filed by the son of a local BJP politician, who alleged that the comedian was going to make objectionable statement about Hindu deities.

Faruqui was detained before the show began and the police later admitted there was no evidence he had insulted Hindu deities. Still, right-wing Hindu groups have repeatedly targeted him since then and forced him the cancellation of his shows, including a recent one in Goa, where 5000 people threatened to set themselves on fire if he was allowed to go on stage.

in July 2020, comedian Agrima Joshua was threatened with legal action and even faced rape threats after a video showing her joking about a statue project by the Maharashtra state government went viral on social media.

Willing to stand up to power

At a time when large sections of the mainstream media was accused of kowtowing to those holding political power, a handful of stand-up comedians are attempting to speak truth to power. But they increasingly end up facing legal action.

''With every passing year I feel laughter is costing comedians more and more. Its costing them their spontaneity and it's costing them their impulse. I have even heard some comedians telling jokes to their lawyers and showing their videos to a legal team before they release them online,'' comedian kamal Kamra told DW.

Last November, India's Supreme Court initiated contempt of court proceedings against Kamra over his tweets against judges and the judiciary.

In response, the comedian told the court that the ''tweets were not published with intention of diminishing people's faith in the highest court of our democracy'' and that ''the suggestion that my tweets could shake the foundations of the most powerful court in the world is an overestimation of my abilities.

Similarly, Sanjay Rajoura, known for his razor-ship wit, believes the situation for stand-up comedians has worsened over the past few years.

''The ' national arrogance ' has not even spared a comedian who is performing outside India. This is itself a joke. The thing that has changed dramatically is the legitimacy this intolerance is gaining within the confines of our homes and that is the most disappointing part,'' Rajoura told DW.

Stand-up has a tough future in India.

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