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Munawar Faruqui’s video after release; is he really leaving comedy?

“Why have we forgotten that the internet is for information and entertainment? If we want to ban something, why aren’t we banning hate on the internet?” these are Munawar Faruqui’s words, from the video that he released recently which actually poses a question of whether he is really leaving comedy?

Munawar Faruqui’s video which is 10 minute long on YouTube is titled: ‘Munawar Faruqui leaving comedy’ begins with Munawar asking why the hatred on the internet is becoming a normal thing?

“There was a time when we used the internet to download ringtones, wallpapers and entertain ourselves. Today, we only make enemies on the internet. Enemies, who we don’t even know and making enemies for the person who doesn’t even know you. Why are we doing this?” he said.

The stand-up comedian who was released from jail after 35-day custody in a case of allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindu gods and goddesses has finally spoken up by releasing this new video addressing the people all in general.

As this is his first video after being released from custody, Munawar talks about the joy of making people laugh, which the reason he chose to become a stand-up comedian and expressed the unnecessary hatred that is followed on the internet.

Before getting into the details of that, let’s look at where it all started:

All this trouble started on January 1st. Munawar Faruqui was approached by a mob as he was about to start his show in Indore. The comedian was later taken to the police station.

This abrupt ambush was carefully planned by a Hindutva group called Hind Rakshak Sangathan. Chief of this organization and son of a BJP MLA, Eklavya Singh Gaur was the one who led this assault. Eklavya Gaur stated that he had sent some of his associates to Munawar’s show where the alleged jokes were made about Hindu gods and goddesses and the Union Minister Amit Shah, but there’s no solid confirmation of such a report yet.

Munawar Faruqui was booked under section 188, 269, 34, and 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Anshuman Shrivastava, who is the lawyer for Munawar Faruqui stated that the allegations against him were “vague.” The arrest was done under political pressure and further stated that Munawar Faruqui and those arrested with him didn’t make any comments that would hurt the religious sentiments of any person.

Initially, this case was heard by the Madhya Pradesh High Court which declined Munawar bail stating: “liberty of a person has to be balanced with his duties towards other citizens.” A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice RF Nariman issued a notice to the MP government regarding Munawar Faruqui’s plea which challenged the high court order refusing to grant him a regular bail.

What else has Munawar expressed in his video?

In Munawar Faruqui’s video, Munawar has hit back on those who have called a ban on him and his career as a comedian. He pointed out that the internet is for information and entertainment purposes and not to spread hatred just because it has massive energy to influence people.

Speaking of how online trolling and insults might be affecting a person of his popularity and how the hate culture impacts him, he stated that “We do read the comments and they matter. I won’t claim that I don’t get affected by negative comments. I do. Any kind of abuse upsets me a lot. I read the comments on my videos and get affected because my intention is not to instigate. I don’t want people against me, I want people to stand with me.”

But at the end of this video, Munawar Faruqui clarifies that he is not leaving comedy but living comedy, he apologized for the typo mistake in the title and said “It’s not ‘Munawar Faruqui Leaving Comedy’, it is ‘Munawar Faruqui Living Comedy’. Comedy has kept me alive, how can I quit it?”

The video received over 479,029 views within 12 hours and 136K likes on YouTube. With any new uploads by a popular person, comes a lot of feedback in the comments section, and some of them have extended solid support to Munawar’s new video: “Well said bro… Being a Hindu I was never offended by any of your jokes. Actually, no Hindu ever can be offended by your jokes it’s just the haters who are there to stand against any religion be it Hinduism or Islam. They actually can never understand ki Bhagwan or Allah me koi difference nai hai and they never fought with each other…”

Along with this, people on Twitter are showing great support as well:

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