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The News Minute | August 16, 2014 | 03:06 pm IST Several MP's including Jaya Bachchan on August 14 voiced their objection against RJs  mimicking  Parliamentarians.  Bachchan, who raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha, said, "They (comments) are absolutely objectionable, very bad and the latest thing is that they have started giving news of Parliament and they mimic a lot of MPs who have spoken." She also asked Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar, "So, are you going to do something about it because this is really not palatable?" Javadekar later tweeted saying "We'll look into it".  I never said we object to mimicry on MPs. Anybody can Mimic us. People can make fun; we never mind. 1/2 — Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) August 14, 2014 Today Jayaji and other MPs raised objections on vulgarity & double meaning jokes by RJs. I said "we ll look into it". #RajyaSabha 2/2 — Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) August 14, 2014 It is not news that our politicians aren't exactly known for their sense of humour. However, the incident in the Rajya Sabha raised questions on their tolerance for those who do happen to possess some. Comedian and actor Vir Das seems to have taken it as an offence to his profession and decided to give a piece of his mind to those "who are slowly trying to take the independence away from humour". In his post, Das talks about censorship on humour, satire and creative freedom; and how it is neither acceptable nor possible.  Comments below the piece are full of agreement and appreciation; some applauding his effort, others asking him to be a panelist on the Newshour debate with Arnab Goswami (The latter in response to Das' mention of a discussion on Times Now: â€˜Can Politicians/Institutions take action against humorists’?) Clearly, a part of the nation wants to know.  Some of the remarks include: "Try saying all this in front of Arnab in one go" "Vir das, brother u could also have joined the news hour debate! The debate was lacking the aura of the weirdass comedian!" "Somebody please make Jaya Bachchan read it." "Empty vessels make more noise so people who shout out in the media are best ignored at times. Humour was the one thing passed on unaltered beyond the veil!! We need humour to pass through the otherwise redundant, energy sucking maze we are part of! So proud of what you do!! Today to Freedom of thought, expression and more laughs Jai Hind." Some of our politicians seem to be too sensitive to even take humour in their stride, and would like to put a cap on anything and everything that they find inappropriate, but the likes of Vir Das will continue to punch holes in their views of the right and the wrong.  Vir Das' post reads:  DEAR POLITICIANS WHO ARE SLOWLY TRYING TO TAKE THE INDEPENDENCE AWAY FROM HUMOUR, This open letter is for you. Watched the NEWSHOUR last night. The subject (under the yelling) seemed to be ‘Can Politicians/Institutions take action against humorists’? The panel is an esteemed collective of idiots and people who act foolish for a living. There’s also some great comedians on the show. The ‘censorship debate’ is a long one, and it’s honestly wasted on our current political crop. I’d rather spend time explaining how a humidifier works to a squirrel. That seems like a better way to spend my time, not that I know how a humidifier works, or know any squirrels. But like it or not, official or unofficial, censorship is growing, fear is spreading and the amount we talk about it openly….is reducing, so here goes: Dear Politicians/Prudes/NewsEditors/CorporatesWhoControlEditors/PoliticalPartiesWhoControlThoseCorporates/InternetTrolls/Bhakts/Followers/Fans/PILFilers/RTIAbusers/OldGuysWhoAreJustGenerallyAngryInLife, Would you like to censor humour and regulate humour across all mediums? Yes. Here’s what you don’t know: YOU…..CAN’T….DO…IT. It’s impossible. And you’re welcome to try. Here’s why: Satire is a profession based on Human Nature, on an ingrained biological reflex action that has existed for thousands of years. As long as the reflex exists, so will the profession. Your logic is backwards and flawed. It’s like trying to ban onion farming because of farting. I’m not making fun of people when I go on stage. I’m talking to them. My show is about how my audience feels, all I’m doing is trying to see if I can make them admit it. If they laughed it says more about how they feel about you, rather than what came out of my mouth. Try listen to them, if not to me. I’m a humorist, and than means I’m human. I have a moral compass which lets me take responsibility for everything that comes out of my mouth. Don’t worry too much about punishing me. Here’s a newsflash, if I say something horrible, disgusting, reprehensible and offensive….the audience…will….not…laugh….and that is way worse than anything you could do to me. I have a microphone and 3000 people at each show. But I also have a twitter account, a facebook page, an email account, a cell phone, friends, colleagues, a mouth, a language, pen, paper, books, newspapers, magazines and whatever the hell ‘Tinder’ is. You’re committed to destroying my opinion? Good luck. My show isn’t about you, My show is about me. It’s about me standing in front of thousands of people willing to humiliate myself to any extent so that I can see a smile on their face (and also for cash). I spend 2 minutes saying funny things about you, I’ve spent a life time saying them about myself. Every second of embarrassment you’ve felt, I’ve felt worse. You want me to be respectful and decent? Hey…when you think about it…I treat you better than I treat myself. I love what I do. I love it so much that I’ve NEVER listened to the naysayers, or to any negativity that stood in my way because I knew this was my dream. You’re a leader right? You love this country? You love what you do? Prove it. Prove it by being strong enough to deal with the ranting of a fool like me. Maybe if you can deal with jesters, you’ll someday learn how to deal with voters. And finally, Please know that, you’re not the first to try and you wont be the last to fail. Governments come and go, censorship rises and falls, careers are made and broken…..humour stays. It will find a way, it’s like light. Whether it is retweeted by a million people, or whispered by a few, watched in theatres, or acted out in living rooms, televised during primetime, or conversed during downtime…..it lives and always will. So on 15th August my hope is that all of you will laugh. Just laugh uncontrollably at all the shit you’re not supposed to, at all the stuff that troubles you and at all the people that scare you. The jury is still out. Comedy in today’s India may or may not retain its independence, but laughter will always always be the best form of freedom. Happy Independence Day!Vir Das Post by Vir Das.

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