Image copyright AFP Image caption The hosts responded to the speaker by saying ‘We’re the 10% in India who make jokes and each other laugh’
An Indian stand-up comedian has provoked outrage after he made a monologue about the “India of 2022”.
The self-proclaimed monarchial society, 10% of which were millionaires, was described as the “only” part of the country.
The comedian was speaking at an event in Mumbai, the capital of India’s Maharashtra state.
The comments were a critique of what he called “millionaire psychosis” on social media.
Social media users condemned the comedian as demeaning his audience and mocking their lifestyles.
The organisers of the event defended the comedian by saying that Indians are all taught to have contempt for the lives of other Indians.
Image copyright Srivatsa / AFP Image caption In a new article, the Guardian said the accusations of “India of 2022” were ignorant
The controversy began after Twitter user @KashifAgarVhro posted a screenshot of the entire episode, which he recorded with his mobile phone.
It showed the comedian going from one topic to another, including Afghanistan, Switzerland and “state terrorism”.
In the monologue, the comedian said India’s bureaucrats and politicians were paranoid and ignorant because of the special place that the 10% in the country have in India’s psyche.
“The nation is ruled by two per cent or less in the country and we are the 10% who make jokes and each other laugh,” he said, according to the Mail Today newspaper.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The internet has been abuzz with questions over the ‘India of 2022’ monologue
Social media has been abuzz with questions about the meaning of the remarks and whether or not he was being mocking or laughing.
A day after the monologue went viral, the organisers of the event made a public apology and then set about removing the footage from social media.
In a new article on the Guardian, Amarjit Nalawala accused the comedian of “a kind of snobbery that is said to be a hallmark of India’s ‘creative class’.
“The ‘two Indias’ comment is so ignorant, I am not sure where it came from,” he wrote.