July 6, 2022

Comic Kunal Kamra isn’t any stranger to controversy. In his newest iteration of political humour, Kamra used a video of a seven-year-old boy singing “Hey Janma Bhoomi Bharat” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin throughout the latter’s latest worldwide journey, changed the boy’s face, and overlaid the patriotic track with “Mehengayi Dayain Khaye Jaat Hai” from the movie “Peepli Stay” which speaks of inflation ache. The boy’s father lashed out at Kamra on Twitter, referred to as him “Kunal Kachra” and demanded that he maintain the boy “out of your filthy politics”. Kamra retorted that “the joke is just not in your son…there are songs he (Modi) ought to hearken to from individuals of his nation additionally”. Within the little boy singing that track for the PM, his political proselytisation has begun however that’s a unique observe.

Kamra, like most comedians, satirists, and cartoonists, relishes stoking a debate. They joke and make memes to get amusing out of individuals and make a powerful political level. That’s their work in a democracy. Good and memorable humour pulls punches on the highly effective, in any case. The sharpest and acerbic criticism of Jawaharlal Nehru or Indira Gandhi or Dr Manmohan Singh as prime ministers got here from humourists. With Modi, it’s totally different. His picture managers and a big fan membership lack the humorous bone wanted to understand comedy, wit, and jest that his critics typically use. Modiji is above jokes, they need us to just accept. Why ought to the Prime Minister of a democracy be above something – regulation, criticism, or humour?

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Kamra targeted on a big problem – runaway inflation and the absurdly rising value of residing. It has pushed Indians, besides the uber-wealthy, to tears. Inflation jokes have turn into a coping mechanism, gags protecting up individuals’s ache. Kamra was drawing the PM’s – and a bit of the media – consideration to the problem; he has greater than two million followers on Twitter alone. His use of the video of the seven-year-old is open to debate however he had masked the kid’s face. As a substitute of inflation, it was Kamra who made headlines, a livid Nationwide Fee for Safety of Youngster Rights knocked on his door (it’s principally silent about violence in opposition to kids in India), and there’s the specter of a authorized case. This joke is on us, the individuals of India.

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Printed on: Saturday, Could 07, 2022, 07:50 AM IST