Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra was supposed to perform in the MS University auditorium on August 11.(HT File Photo)
Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra was supposed to perform in the MS University auditorium on August 11.(HT File Photo)

MS University in Gujarat cancels comedian Kunal Kamra’s show for ‘anti-national’ content

The vice-chancellor asked for the show to be cancelled after a group of former students made a representation before him saying that Kunal Kamra’s content is anti-national.
Hindustan Times, Vadodara | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 06:01 PM IST

The MS University in Gujarat’s Vadodara has cancelled a show by stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra on security grounds after a group of former students wrote to officials, saying he “mimics national anthem” and openly supports divisive forces.

The office of vice-chancellor Parimal Vyas issued a direction to the auditorium’s co-ordinator Rakesh Modi on Saturday to cancel the show.

“We were concerned about the security of the venue which is why we decided to cancel the show,” Modi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Eleven ex-students wrote to university authorities last week opposing the event, saying the content of Kamra’s shows is “anti-national”.

“What message do we want to convey by organising such anti-national flag-bearer youth comedian’s comedy show in Gujarat’s most prestigious university campus?” they wrote.

A local organisation had booked the university’s auditorium for Kamra’s show on August 11 around a fortnight ago.

“Ever been so cool that you find out from the news that you’re not going to be working on a particular day? Celebrating my day off in the future on my day off today...” Kamra posted his response on Twitter on Sunday.

(With PTI inputs)

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