The father of the child, who had impressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Germany with a patriotic song, has lashed out at comedian Kunal Kamra, who shared an edited video of the brief interaction, imposing a popular song from the film Peepli Live that is a satire on runaway inflation.
Kunal Kamra had shared the video of the prime minister’s interaction with the child, replacing the song that the boy sang, “Hey janmabhoomi Bharat”, with “Mehengayi daayan khaaye jaat hai“.
Calling Kamra “trash”, Ganesh Pol, the father of the child, tweeted: “He is my 7-year-old son, who wanted to sing this song for his beloved Motherland. Though he is still very young, certainly he loves his country more than you, Mr Kamra or Kachra, whatever you are. Keep the poor boy out of your filthy politics and try to work on your poor jokes. (edited)”
Kamra did not stop after braving condemnation from different Twitter users for mocking a child. He posted another doctored video, making a caricature of the interaction between the child and the prime minister of India.
The original video had gone viral shortly after the prime minister’s visit to Germany on 2 May. The prime minister heaped praises on the child for the song, saying, “Wah, badhiya (wow, wonderful)!”
Kunal Kamra entered into an altercation on Twitter with Earshot editor-in-chief Abhijit Majumder over the controversy where the comedian said the prime minister should not have made the child sing while the journalist asked whether he was sure that was what had happened in Berlin. “It’d be nice if you accepted you crossed a line, remove the post, say sorry to the child,” Majumder wrote.
At a roundtable meeting, Prime Minister Modi was in Germany to interact with top CEOs of both countries (India and Germany).
About Kunal Kamra
Kunal Kamra, whose public performances, conduct and tweets show he has a non-negotiable anti-Modi ideological position, is a controversial artiste who first made national news when on 28 January 2020, while travelling on an IndiGo flight, he confronted news presenter Arnab Goswami, inviting him to debate with him. Kamra had raised questions about Goswami’s coverage of issues on national affairs and the suicide of Rohith Vemula. Kamra later released a 1.51-min-long video of the incident on Twitter, which showed a non-responsive Goswami. The next day, Indigo banned Kamra from boarding its flights for a period of six months for heckling a fellow passenger.
The same day, government-owned airline Air India banned him indefinitely. Then-Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that other airlines should follow suit and ban Kamra to ensure that an example was set. The next day, SpiceJet and GoAir also banned him indefinitely. The ban was criticized for being excessive and against the rules of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
After Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on 11 November 2020, Kamra made a series of tweets critical of the highest court of the country. Eight people accused Kamra of contempt of court and sued him. Attorney-General KK Venugopal gave his mandatory approval to initiate contempt proceedings related to the tweets. Kamra said he continued to believe that “the silence of the Supreme Court of India on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticised.” He does not intend to retract the tweets or apologise for them. He asked that the time that may be allotted for hearing his contempt case should be spent on more important cases pending before the court.