New Delhi, July 23: It took a bunch of 11 former students to get MS University of Vadodara to cancel stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra’s show. The show was scheduled for August 11 at CC Mehta Auditorium within the campus, say media reports. However, the complainants alleged that Kamra’s content was “anti-national”. (Also read: BJP MLA Calls Virat Kohli Anti-national For Getting Married in Italy)
CC Mehta Auditorium coordinator Rakesh Modi told The Indian Express, “We informed Kamra verbally on Saturday night about the cancellation of his show. We were informed about his content being anti-national and controversial, so we went ahead with this decision.” Varsity sources said the V-C had asked the in-charge and coordinator of CC Mehta Auditorium to take a final call regarding the cancellation of the show.
Meanwhile, a copy of the complaint letter requesting “to cancel the permission of organising an anti-national comedian show in university premises” said, “What message do we want to convey by organising such antinational flagbearer youth comedians’ comedy show in Gujarat’s most prestigious university campus?” It adds, “He doesn’t even deserve the popularity by our mention in this mail. He has mimicked on National Anthem, he has openly supported Tukde-Tukde Gang, he is opposed by all the nation-loving universities in the nation, then why are we allowing him to enter our sacred alma mater??? We seriously suspect some ideological conspiracy to pollute the minds of Barodian youth ahead of 2019.”
Though the university said they had informed Kamra on Saturday itself, the stand-up comic responded to a tweet regarding the issue on Sunday: “Ever been so cool that you find out from the news that you’re not going to be working on a particular day? Celebrating my day off in the future on my day off today….”
This is not the first time that Kamra has landed in trouble because of his work. Earlier this year, Kamra was shunted out of his rented apartment because of “political issues”. It was clearly because of his political stand and also the content of his show, which is essentially a commentary on the current times.