Actor Swara Bhasker on Sunday said that she was ‘sorry’ to see comedian Munawar Faruqui being forced to quit comedy following threats from Hindutva terrorists in India.
Swara wrote on Twitter, “A project of hate & bigotry twill always hate an articulate, rational, educated, charming, talented & funny ‘Other’ who connects beyond identity with a heterogeneous public.. make no mistake Munawwar, Umar Khalid & other such articulate Muslims are a huge threat to Hindutva.”
Swara added, “Also.. it’s heartbreaking & shameful how we as a society have allowed bullying and gaslighting to become normalised. I’m sorry Munawwar!”
Also.. it’s heartbreaking & shameful how we as a society have allowed bullying and gaslighting to become normalised. I’m sorry Munawwar! ???? https://t.co/lC3fcMHusE
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) November 28, 2021
Earlier Munawar had taken to soial media to announce that the hate had won resulting in the defeat for an artist in India. This was after the Bengaluru Police advised the organiser of Faruqui’s upcoming comedy show to cancel the event. Faruqui had written, “I think this is the end. My name is Munawar Faruqui and that’s been my time. You guys were wonderful audience. Goodbye, I’m done.”
His decision to quit comedy had evoked angry reactions from many including journalists, human rights activist and politicians. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had tweeted, “Rest assured that hate will not win. Don’t give up, don’t stop. #StayUnited.”
Gandhi’s tweet appeared to be in response to Faruqui’s social media post titled ‘hate won, the artist lost.’
Faruqui had to spend a month in jail after the Madhya Pradesh Police arrested him for a joke that he never made. The Indore Police had gone on record admitting that there was no evidence of the 29-year-old comedian from Gujarat cracking jokes hurting the sentiments of Hindus. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court.
This is not the first time that Hindutva terrorists have targeted a Muslim artist or a businessman to deliberately stop them from earning their livelihood through legitimate means. Supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have routinely stopped Muslim fruit vendors or owners of restaurants from carrying out their business in Hindu neighbourhood.