Vadodara: The Maharaj Sayajirao University (MSU) in Vadodara cancelled the show of stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra, who was set to perform on August 11 at the CC Mehta Auditorium in the campus after a group for former students wrote to the Vice-Chancellor seeking cancellation of the show calling his content anti-national.

About eleven ex-students of MSU wrote to VC Parimal Vyas objecting to the sold-out show titled OTB’s catching up with Kunal Kamra and Manish Tyagi claiming that the content used by the comedian in his gigs exuded anti-national sentiments. The mail written to the VC said, “What message do we want to convey by organizing such antinational flagbearer youth comedians’ comedy show in Gujarat’s most prestigious university campus?”

It further said, “I am not writing the name of the comedian as he doesn’t even deserve the popularity by our mention in this mail. He has mimicked on National Anthem, he has openly supported Tukde-Tukde Gang, he is opposed by all the nation-loving universities in the nation, then why are we allowing him to enter our sacred alma mater??? We seriously suspect some ideological conspiracy to pollute the minds of Barodian youth ahead of 2019.”

Rakesh Modi, Coordinator of the CC Mehta Auditorium, told English daily The Indian Express, “We informed Kamra verbally on Saturday night about the cancellation of his show. We were informed about his content being anti-national and controversial, so we went ahead with this decision. Since it is Sunday, we will make an official announcement tomorrow.” Surprisingly, Kamra got to know of this decision from the media outlets and took to Twitter, “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 is known for his tongue-in-cheek humorous content in his stand-up shows that many times criticise the current government and he has been targeted by trolls on social media regularly.

Many responded to Kamra's tweet, some were even students from MSU. One student tweeted, "I am from MSU. Sad your show got cancelled. But happy how nervous you make these hypocrites." While another person, also an MSU student said, "HeyKunall! I am from MS University, this is so embarrassing, was very excited to see you perform. I know this is a lot to ask but can you try a different venue in Vadodara? I know generally every comedian who comes here performs in Cc Mehta, but can you try? This is so bad I'm sorry."

Times of India quoted VC Parimal Vyas, who said, “I had instructed the co-ordinator to examine all the aspects and take appropriate decision. We do not want the university to be dragged in any political issue unnecessarily."

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