Munawar Faruqui Announced On Social Media That He May Not Perform On Stage Now!

On Sunday, November 28th, Munawar Faruqui, a comedian, announced that he’s no longer going to perform on stage. Faruqui gave this declaration after his show got cancelled in Bengaluru. Bengaluru police had asked the organizers to cancel the show.

Reportedly, 12 of Faruqui’s shows have been cancelled in different parts of the country. His shows were cancelled due to threats from right-wing groups.

Swara Bhaskar reacted to this decision by Faruqui. She tweeted, “A project of hate and bigotry will always hate an articulate, rational, educated, charming, talented, and funny ‘other’ who connects beyond identity with a heterogeneous public. Make no mistake, Munawwar, Umar Khalid, and other such articulate Muslims are a huge threat to Hindutva.”

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Moreover, she wrote, “Also, it’s heartbreaking and shameful how we as a society have allowed bullying and gaslighting to become normalised. I’m sorry, Munawwar!”

Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who was last seen in the web series Tandav, tweeted, “And WE failed once again as a society… but munawar brother, don’t lose hope. I am looking forward to seeing you back on stage.”

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Another user wrote, “The ‘India’ we are living in.” Further, a user tweeted, “This is unfair. What can we do to help in any way?” # supportMunawarFaruqui. A user tweeted, “In Munawar’s case, he is not allowed to do a show. A lot of artists critical of this regime are quietly deplatformed. Even as we fight for the democratic right to public space and police protection, we also need to explore avenues that are not under rightwing gatekeeping.”

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