As the Vir Das controversy continues, Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to TMC leader Mahua Moitra to know her reasons for supporting the stand-up comedian but not supporting actor Kangana Ranaut.
As the Vir Das controversy continues, India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to TMC leader Mahua Moitra to know her reasons for supporting the stand-up comedian but not supporting actor Kangana Ranaut. Excerpts:
Q: Why did you choose to support Vir Das while many politicians are either silent or critical of him?
That’s exactly what Vir Das is talking about-there are two Indias. It’s not so much about supporting Vir Das. He’s not known to me. I’m not supporting Vir Das. I challenge anyone to stand up and say that anything that he said was factually incorrect. It wasn’t.
Q: He said: women are worshipped in the day and gang-raped at night. Some would say this is generalisation; America fares worse in crime against women; he’s maligning India’s image in the eyes of the world
The only thing that’s factually incorrect there is that women are also gang-raped during the day. Those who have filed police complaints should look at crime figures of 2020-there are 88 rapes per day in India. It’s fine for these acts to happen, but it’s terrible if we talk about it.
It’s a world without boundaries; there’s nothing as foreign soil. In this digital age, does it matter? Whether he said it at the Kennedy Center or he recorded it in his bedroom and uploaded it on Facebook for the same audience? The last time I checked, there were 10 lakh views on YouTube. If I say my name is Mahua, somebody can tell me – ‘You have been named after intoxicating liquor. That’s offensive to me. Why didn’t your parents name you Sita?’
Tomorrow if I name my child Jesus, somebody would say – ‘You’re a daughter of a Hindu Brahmin; why can’t you name him Ram?’
Q: Kangana Ranaut’s views may not match yours. She also gets targeted. Cases are being filed. Where are the Mahua Moitras of the world? Are we selective?
Excuse me. So, am I supposed to stand up for every nutter? I have been elected to speak for every right-thinking Indian. It’s for every Sanghi to defend every nutter. They have got their own people to defend them.