Indian Muslim comic in jail for weeks for jokes he did not tell

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      JonLP
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      New Delhi, India – A Indian Muslim stand-up comic has spent 25 days in a Madhya Pradesh jail for jokes he did not tell an audience, but on suspicions he was “going to”.

      Mumbai-based Munawar Faruqui, 28, is facing legal action in two states. In Madhya Pradesh, he was arrested during a performance by Indore police for allegedly insulting Hindu deities while rehearsing for performance. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, he is sought by the police in another case of allegedly insulting Hindu deities as well as Home Minister Amit Shah.

      On Monday, the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court reserved its order on Faruqui’s bail application. The court was hearing the comedian’s bail application after two pleas were rejected by a lower court earlier this month.

      Both the states are governed by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of which Shah is a member and which also controls the federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/1/26/indian-muslim-comic-in-jail-for-weeks-for-jokes-he-didnt-tell?__twitter_impression=true

      After this I don’t want to hear another US comedian complain about “cancel culture”.

      Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

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      Their prime minister was elected largely on the basis of a promise to make India a de-facto Hindu country by cracking down on competing religions and turning a blind eye to incidents where Hindus abuse people of other religions. He has been pretty successful, but he might want to be careful with the Sikhs. There are many of them and they’re not afraid to fight.

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    • #398409
      snot
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      should we not object to oppressive behavior here?

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

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        JonLP
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        The ones that complain about “cancel culture” the most have very large platforms. Jamele Hill lost her job at ESPN for calling Trump a White Supremacist and it was the conservatives that were angry and demanding that she should be fired.

        Also Colin Kaepernick has been out of the NFL ever since the kneeling but no one uses that as an example of “cancel culture”.

        Bill O’Reilly also used to call for boycotts all the time. Remember the Dixie Chicks & Susan Surandon were boycotted by the right for opposing the Iraq war. Rush Limbaugh also lost his job with ESPN (he wasn’t there long) in the early 2000s. Back then those were called consequences rather than “cancel culture”.

        Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      She’s been an outspoken supporter of this murderous, repressive, Indian regime of Hindu religious and caste bigotry. I’ve heard nothing from her on this issue, or of little things like tens of millions of farmers and other workers staging rolling general strikes to fight the BJP’s imposition of neoliberal austerity.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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        I thought Tulsi Gabbard had very good ideas on foreign policy but Modi is a huge blind spot.

        Hindutva interfered in the UK elections in favor of Boris Johnson.

        British Elections and the Hindutva Campaign

        One may well wonder why, in a striking analogy to the way Modi’s government labels internal critics as ‘anti-national’, Labour’s criticism of the Modi regime has been equated so readily with being ‘anti-India’ and now ‘anti-Hindu’.

        The answer is a long running and systematic campaign by Hindutva organisations in Britain targeting Hindus in the UK.

        These organisations include the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, the overseas wing of the RSS; charities like Sewa International, which together with the HSS was found to have channelled millions of pounds raised from the British public to RSS front organisations in India; the National Council of Hindu Temples and a plethora of religious and cultural organisations, from Hindu faith schools to meditation centres to yoga clubs.

        For years their main aim has been spreading the Islamophobic, patriarchal, upper-caste and militaristic political ideology of Hindutva.

        https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/4/17928/British-Elections-and-the-Hindutva-Campaign

        I follow a lot of people in the UK and I saw it happen.

        Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

        • #398587
          Ohio Barbarian
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          Those people are the ideological descendants of the Hindus who murdered Gandhi. I know Modi himself was governor or administrator of some Indian state and refused to intervene to stop Hindus from massacring dozens or hundreds of Muslims in what sure looked like a pogrom to me. The whole affair was covered up and the BJP has tried to reframe the story. But rest assured that Sikhs, Pakistanis, and Indian Muslims know all about what really happened.

          Fortunately, he’s running into popular resistance from lots of other Hindus who don’t like neoliberal austerity any more than any other human being should and who tend to be a lot more tolerant of other faiths, especially when they see a common repressive enemy like Modi. Interestingly enough, a Muslim political party gained seats in the recent elections, with some Hindu and other non-Muslim support.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      After this I don’t want to hear another US comedian complain about “cancel culture”

      Nike was alleged to have used slave labor in China; therefore, I don’t want to hear any more complaining about working conditions in Amazon warehouses. What a ridiculous argument.

      But it doesn’t matter since you are in no position to issue decrees. Much to your chagrin, I imagine your demand will be ignored, and people will continue to make arguments against censorship and champion the merits of free speech and open dialogue! And that’s just too bad if you don’t like it. Of course, you are free to continue to whine, stomp your feet, and seethe about this as much as you’d like, but no one will be submitting to your will.

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        Right-wing media helped usher in the age of “cancel culture,” but now pretend it’s an invention of the left

        (Snip)

        That same morning, former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced her bid to become the next governor of Arkansas. In her announcement, she played on the same theme as Hawley, saying, “I took on the media, the radical left, and their cancel culture, and I won. As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you.”

        (Snip)

        Sanders is another example of “cancel culture” hypocrisy. In 2017, ESPN host Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” in a tweet. When asked about it during a press briefing, Sanders stepped into ethically murky waters when she, as a government official using her position of authority, advocated for Hill’s dismissal, calling it “a fireable offense.”

        https://www.mediamatters.org/new-york-post/right-wing-media-helped-usher-age-cancel-culture-now-pretend-its-invention-left

        A good example is Marjorie Taylor Greene wearing a “censored” face mask while speaking on the house floor.

        Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair - Mariame Kaba

        • #398582
          game meat
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          Partisan politics is nothing but hypocrisy.

          Fine, for the sake of argument, let’s just assume this Brock piece is correct on the origins of cancel culture. Then we should agree that this trend is toxic, and denounce any attempts at policing dissenting speech, whether those attempts come from the right or the authoritarian pseudo-left.

          Anything short of that is to take the position that it’s only bad when your ideological opposites do a thing. In other words: hypocrisy. I try not to do that.

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