The nation is divided over Vir Das’s monologue that he delivered at Kennedy Centre in Washington. “I come from two Indias,” said comedian Vir Das as he compared the good and bad parts of the country in his 6-minute long monologue. He spoke about some of the most topical issues in India, including the battle against Covid-19, rape cases, crackdown against comedians and the farmers’ protests.
As his video went viral on the Internet, he was slapped with numerous FIRs, labelled ‘anti-national’, abused and threatened. But Vir Das was right. We do live in two Indias. The one that is offended by his video as he shows them the mirror, and the other that understands satire and acknowledges that the society needs a change.
You may love him or hate him, but you can’t deny the fact that his content has the power to start a conversation. And that’s what his viral video has done. I was going through the comment section of his video to understand the varied emotions and reactions of the people of the country. And interestingly, people joined the bandwagon and shared their versions of ‘Two Indias’.
Check out some comments:
“I come from an India where comedians talk reality and politicians do comedy.”
“I come from an India where we fight hard for the justice of a celebrity and yet I come from an India where crores of cases are pending.”
“I come from an India where a joke is taken very seriously, while serious issues are taken as a joke…“
“I come from an India where humor hits hard then the actual problems of poverty, unemployment, caste system.”
“I come from an India where stand up comedians work as journalists and I also come from an India where journalists work as stand up comedians.”
“I come from an India where ”log kya kahenge” has more value than one’s feelings and emotions..”
A netizen nicely summed it up for us as he wrote, “Vir Das is the kind of person who might just ignite the sparks of revolution much needed to transform India. And I can’t say about others but I’m most definitely proud of you.”