The Bajrang Dal has warned standup comedian Munawar Faruqui, who courted controversy early this year for remarks against Hindu beliefs in the name of comedy ― something he would dare not do to his own religion, Islam ― and arrested during a performance in Indore, against going ahead with his plan for a Gujarat tour. The Bajrang Dal has said they will not allow Munawar Faruqui to perform in Gujarat.
Munawar Faruqui had recently announced a tour of Gujarat starting from 1 October, however, uncertainty prevails over the fate of the show amid the threats and warnings against the comedian.
In a video tweet, Gujarat Bajrang Dal leader Jwalit Mehta said, “He attacks the Hindu religion with his work, he hurts Hindu religious sentiments with his comedy. But the Bajrang Dal is not tolerant towards these things.”
“Bajrang Dal knows tit for tat. We are asking you to cancel the show. And if you go ahead with this, be prepared to face the consequences financially, physically and mentally,” warned the Bajrang Dal leader.
Munawar Faruqui had announced his new show ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ and was to perform in Gujarat from 1 to 3 October.
Some of the ‘comedy clips’ of Faruqui have been insulted victims of the Godhra riots of 2002. He had also peddled conspiracy theories of RSS involvement in the Gujarat carnage and mocking Hindu deities in name of comedy at a program conducted in the Monroe Cafe near 56 Dukaan in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in January.
The development came hours after his show in Surat was cancelled, as the event management company run by one Parth Brahmbhatt pulled out of the show. This comes after organisations such as Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad registered protests against the proposed show. They accused Faruqui of insulting Hindu gods and goddesses and hurting the religious sentiments.
Earlier, Brahmbhatt had refused to cancel the show and urged Bajrang Dal to take the legal route in case they want to get the show cancelled. Brahmbhatt had also said that Faruqui got ‘clean chit’ on the allegations of making anti-Hindu jokes during a comedy show and hence he (Brahmbhatt) would not back off from organising the show.
In January 2021, Munawar Faruqui dominated headlines after he was arrested in the middle of a performance in Indore based on a complaint by the son of a BJP MLA.
In his complaint, Eklavya Singh Gaur, son of local BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur, accused Munawar Faruqui and four others of making “indecent” remarks about Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the show.
Munawar Faruqui was finally granted bail by the Supreme Court in February after the court said that the FIR against the comedian was “vague”.