Two separate complaints have been filed against Vir Das for “derogatory statements against India” after a video clip from his recent show at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC went viral. Titled I Come From Two Indias, the six-minute video was uploaded to social media on Monday, prompting complaints lodged in Mumbai and Delhi by high court lawyer and BJP advisor Ashutosh Dubey and BJP Delhi spokesperson Aditya Jha, respectively.
Jha tweeted a 5-second clip from the video and said that he “will not tolerate anyone insulting our nation in another country,” adding that he will fight for the arrest of Vir Das. Dubey also tweeted a copy of his complaint, writing that “[Das] wilfully spelled inciting & derogatory statements against India, Indian women, & the PM of India.”
Das responded to the controversy with a statement released yesterday, in which he clarified that the piece was satire, and urged people not to be fooled by edited snippets. “The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate Indias that do different things,” says the statement. “Like any nation 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. 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.”