Now-a-days people laugh at political leaders and take heed to the comedians attentively. Comedy is a growing creative field in India. Indian comics get themselves stuck in controversies all the time. Freedom of speech in India is a myth. FIRs are filed against them if their content is abusive and vile.
For instance the AIB team had to bow down because of the growing political pressure. The organizers of AIB Roast had removed the controversial show from YouTube following an uproar over its vulgar content. Political parties, including the NCP and the MNS, staunchly objected to the tasteless jokes in the show. The police was also deluged with petitions to lodge an FIR against the show organizers.
And since then the politicians have left no opportunity to dig at the AIB team. Recently Tanmay Bhat uploaded a video on Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshwar which led him in a controversy.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) lodged complaints against Bhat at Shivaji Park police station and Bandra Kurla Complex police station. Sanjay Khopkar, vice president, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), who filed the complaint at Shivaji Park, said, “Bharat Ratnas Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar have been insulted by Tanmay Bhat and we demand his immediate arrest.”
The MNS also threatened Bhat with assault. Ameya Khopkar, president of MNS Chitrapat Sena, the party’s cultural wing, said, “Apologies won’t do, these people should be caught on the road and beaten up. We will protest and he won’t be able to come out on the road. We won’t let his shows happen anymore.”
Political leaders don’t appreciate humor and abuse their position to get off with such remarks. Comedians have been arrested for making people laugh. Punjab police arrested a popular comedian, Kiku Sharda for offending religious sentiments after he mimicked Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on television.
A comedian’s job is to make his audience laugh. “He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.” ― Brigham Young
Arrest criminals, not comedians. India has bigger issues than who said what. Politicians make such comments which clarifies it even better that they are not the leaders this nation requires. Freedom of speech is important, public needs to voice their opinion. India’s Constitution upholds freedom of speech and expression. It is accurate and democratic in theory, but not so much in practice.