Arnab-Kamra spat: Air India, Indigo bar comedian from flying; social media divided
In a video posted on social media, Goswami can be seen sitting in the plane and watching something on his laptop with his earphones plugged in, while Kamra kept on confronting him.
Airline companies Indigo and Air India have announced that they have banned stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra from travelling on their flights after he put out a video in which he was seen confronting journalist Arnab Goswami.
#FlyAI: In view of the incident onboard @IndiGo6E, Air India wishes to inform that conduct of Person concerned is unacceptable.With a view to discourage such behavior onboard flts, Mr Kunal Kamra is suspended from flying on any Air India flt until further notice. @HardeepSPuri .— Air India (@airindiain) January 28, 2020
The incident happened on private airliner IndiGo, which dished out a six-month suspension from flying to Kamra for "unacceptable behaviour".
— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) January 28, 2020
Following this, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that Kamra's behaviour was "absolutely unacceptable" and endangered "safety of air travellers." He advised other airlines to impose similar restrictions. After this, the state-owned Air India too announced a ban “until further notice”, to “discourage such behaviour”.
Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers safety of air travellers.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) January 28, 2020
We are left with no option but to advise other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the person concerned. https://t.co/UHKKZfdTVS
The stand-up comedian was seen asking Goswami if he is a "coward or a journalist" in the video he posted earlier on Twitter.
I did this for my hero...— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) January 28, 2020
I did it for Rohit pic.twitter.com/aMSdiTanHo
While Goswami can be seen sitting in the plane and watching something on his laptop with his earphones plugged in, Kamra is heard as telling him: "Viewers want to know if Arnab today is a coward or a nationalist. Arnab, this is for the national interest. I am part of the tukde-tukde narrative. You should deflate me. You should take the enemy of the states down. You should make sure that the country is in safe hands of Narendra Modi."
"You should fight against dynasts like Rahul Gandhi, who I support, on 10 Tughlaq Lane. Arnab, you should have a reply, Arnab. Arnab, are you a coward or are you a journalist? Are you a coward or are you a journalist or a nationalist? Who are you, Arnab? Who are you?" Kamra can be heard as saying in the video clip.
"You know, you do not deserve my politeness. This is not for you. This is for Rohith Vemula's mother whose caste you were discussing on your...show. I know this is not allowed. This is fine. It's fine if it is not allowed. I'd go to jail for this.
"But this is for Rohit's mother. And go...find time and read that 10-page suicide letter that Rohit wrote so that you have some emotion or some heart or you just become human. Do that. Do that you in your free time. You nationalist." Kamra can be heard as saying.
The comedian said in a statement that he started doing so after Arnab refused to talk to him. He said Arnab also called him mentally unstable.
Why? Is there no freedom of speech on board your aircraft? https://t.co/6coQZcZP3g— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) January 28, 2020
You may not agree with Arnab, and if you don’t, don’t watch him. Heckling him on a flight is not justified.— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) January 28, 2020
Politics aside. What Kunal Karma did is a defination of "unruly passenger". As a pilot with this wonderful airline, I can tell you what Indigo did is exactly as per the DGCA rules.— Sumeet More (@Sumeet_90) January 28, 2020
If Kunal Kamra violated Arnab's Privacy by asking him questions— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) January 28, 2020
What about Arnab's reporters shoving their mike onto people's faces?
What about the many sting operations that Arnab has done?
Weren't those invasions of privacy?
Arnab got a taste of his own medicine today
On IndiGo's decision to suspend him for six months, Kamra said on Twitter, "Thank you IndiGo. A six-month suspension is honestly very kind of you. Modiji might be suspending Air India forever."
I had 4kgs excess luggage once, your card machine wasn’t working & I didn’t have cash...— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) January 28, 2020
He said “Jane do sir”
I said “Nahi, aapki airline debt main hai, Main paise de ke jaunga.”
I waited till he could figure how to take my money.
Acha Sila diya tune mere pyaar ka... https://t.co/lLcLAhvFTR
Rohith Vemula was a PhD scholar at the University of Hyderabad. His suicide on the campus on January 17, 2016 had sparked a wide outrage. Opposition parties had blamed Vemula's alleged harassment by groups affiliated to the BJP and the RSS for his suicide, and had launched protests against the saffron party.
The BJP on its part had accused the Opposition of deceiving and exploiting the sentiments of Rohith Vemula's mother for petty political gains.