10 Lines Vir Das Said In His 'Two Indias' Bit That Are Drawing Outrage

Highlights from the Two Indias controversy that has sparked outrage among netizens and political leaders for touching on major topics like politics and gender in context to the country.

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Two Indias controversy: Actor-comedian Vir Das delivered a stage performance at the United States' Kennedy Centre, a video of which premiered online on November 15. The content of his nearly seven-minute piece is centred around India and - as has happened - was inherently bound to inflame passions both for and against him. A massive controversy has erupted following the release of the video, which is now viral, leading to Das facing legal action for his words.

Aditya Jha, a spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has reportedly filed a complaint against Das for supposedly "insulting" the nation before an international audience. "I want Vir Das to be arrested so that no one can malign the nation like this," he said Wednesday.

Das' I Come From Two Indias monologue touches upon social issues from gender violence to communalism, and other topics such as politics, governance, cricket, journalism and sexuality.

On social media, where netizens are sharply divided over his act, Das


— Vir Das (@thevirdas) November 16, 2021 a note writing his "video appeals for us to never forget that we are great... It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in and are proud of."

Watch I Come From Two Indias here: 

10 Notable Lines From The Two Indias Controversy:


1. On women 

"I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night."

2. On farmers

"I come from an India where we take pride in being vegetarian, and yet run over the farmers who grow our vegetables."

3. On leaders

"I come from an India that has the largest working population under 30 on the planet but still listens to 75-year-old leaders with 150-year-old ideas."


4. On cricket 

"I come from an India where we bleed blue every time we play green. But every time we lose to green, we turn orange all of a sudden."

5. On petrol 

"I come from an India that is Hindu and Muslim and Christian and Sikh and Parsi and Jew and when we all look up at the sky we only see one thing together - the price of petrol."

6. On sexuality 

"I come from an India where we scoff at sexuality and yet f**k till we reach a billion people." 


7. On journalism

"I come from an India where journalism is supposedly dead because men in fancy suits in studios give each other handjobs and yet women on the road with laptops are still telling the truth." 

8. On comedy 

"I come from an India where we laugh so loudly in the comfort of our own homes that you can hear us through the walls and yet I come from an India where we break down the walls of a comedy club because you can hear laughter inside." 

9. On government 

"I come from an India where we kicked out the British but yet we call the government the ruling party."

10. On immigration 

"I come from an India where we have maids and drivers and yet want to come to America to do their jobs." 

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