Indian’s are upset over Hasan Minhaj’s dig at PM Modi about upcoming election


Stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj has been receiving a backlash from netizens over his stint on a Netflix show in which he took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the recent episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”, Minhaj spoke about the current scenario of Indian politics and compared Modi with US President Donald Trump and also gave an insight into several corruption scams.

But Minhaj’s act did not go down well with several social media users as they started using #BoycottNetflix on Twitter.

One user called him “biased” and wrote: “#BoycottNetflix as it’s spring Hasan Minhaj, who is trying to put his biased views on Indian polity. If at all, he is so humorous why not make some observations on other side.”

Another user described Minhaj as “anti-Hindu”.

FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the launch of a campaign aimed at opening millions of bank accounts for poor Indians in New Delhi, India. Modi swept 2014 elections promising to reform India‚Äôs economy, but his signature demonetization policy, intended to reduce money laundering, choke terrorist financing and boost digital payments, has been largely deemed a failure. But a standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan appears to have given Modi, the head of India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, a boost ahead of national elections set to begin in April, 2019. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

“Look at this anti-Hindu/anti-India Propaganda by Hasan Minhaj on Netflix. Boycott Netflix.”

According to one user, Minhaj’s stint is the “worst form of shameless hinduphobia on display”.

This is not the first time that Minhaj has faced criticism for his comic act. In the past, Netflix dropped an episode of Minhaj’s show in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government complained that the episode – which is critical of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman – violated its cybercrime laws.

But some praised him for his take on Indian politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani urged people to watch Minhaj’s show.

He tweeted: “You have to watch this show and especially this episode if you live/vote in India.”

Comedian Kunal Kamra found Minhaj’s show “bold, brave, hilarious”.

“Netflix India as you notice great traffic on this episode, you would realise that shying away from confrontational content whether political or social is bad for business…,” Kamra added.