POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 22, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 22, 2014 23:47 IST


While Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti continues to be rightly taken to task for his racist and misogynst remarks against women from Africa, his party colleague, and AAP Executive Member Kumar Vishwas is facing the flak for his remarks made in a kavi sammelan in 2008.

The video surfaced on Facebook and Youtube some days back sparked strong protests across Kerala, with Youth Congress workers ransacking AAP's office in Kochi on January 20.

The protests led the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to demand an apology from the APP leader for his remarks.

In a letter to AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chandy had wanted him to prevail upon Vishwas to withdraw the remarks and tender an apology.

"It is most unfortunate that the Aam Aadmi Party is tightlipped regarding the derogatory remarks on Malayalee nurses," Chandy wrote.

In the video, Vishwas is heard saying:

pahle aadmii bimaar paRtaa thaa bechaaraa purush aur jaataa thaa haspataal mein, to tasalii rahtii thii. Nurses jo hain wo Kerala se aatii thii -- kaalii piilii sii. Tou muNh se hii sister nikaltaa thaa. aNdar se hii aawaaz aa jaatii kii haai allah, sister hii ho. bahut saarii laRkiyaaN is liye profile pe photo lagaatii hii nahii haiN, ke pataa nahii kyaa ho jaaye. ab aajkal to nurse bhii north india kii aane lagii. ekdam bilkukl shaandaar. main abhii piichhe bimaar paRaa, tabiiat kharaab thii to mere ek dost hain uNkaa baRaa haspataal hai, tou wo le gaye, baRe achhe ward me mujhe rakhaa. tou woh subah subah hii nurse aa jaatii thii ke maalik ke dost hain. nahaai dhoii, blusher-vrusher lagaaye, perfume uRaatii huii. main to vaise hii biimaar thaa. wo turant merii kalaaii pe do uNgliyaaN rakhtii, aaNkh meN aankh Daaltii aur zor se saaNs le ke kahtii, "Haai raam, aapkii tou pulse bahut tez chal rahii hai." Arre, maine kahaan ye saaNskritik harkat mere saath karegii tou pulse kyaa Surender Sharma jii kii tez chalegii?

Literal translation:

Earlier, when a man fell sick and was admitted to hospital, one felt satisfied. Nurses who usually come from Kerala, they are black and yellow. So one would end up calling them 'Sister'. An inner voice used to say, 'Oh God, let her be a sister only'. That's why many girls do not put their photograph in their profile [on social networking sites], as one never knows what it might lead to. But now even the nurses come from north India. Perfectly fantastic. Recently I fell sick, I was not well so a friend of mine who owns a large hospital took me there and admitted me in a very nice ward. So early mornign a nurse used to show up there, after all I was the owner's friend. Freshly bathed, wearing blush-on and exuding perfume. As it is, I was sick. And she would quickly come and put two fingers on my wrist, take a deep breath and say, "Oh God, your pulse seems to be racing." I thought, if you behave like this with me, surely it would not be Surender Sharma whose pulse would race.

In a statement sent to the AAP's Kerala unit, Vishwas has said that he had never tried to 'intentionally hurt the sentiments of anyone'.

"It has come to my knowledge that an old video-clip of one of my Kavi-Sammelan has hurt the feelings of many of my friends residing in Kerala. I must say that I don't appreciate any discrimination based on religion, region, gender, caste or creed. I never tried to intentionally hurt the sentiments of anyone."

"Jokes delivered in a kavi-sammelan are scripted and presented in a jocular and lighthearted manner without an intention to harm anybody's feelings. But if some words of mine have hurt the sentiments of my friends, I apologise to them from depth of my heart."

Vishwas also has another case against him filed by R P Mishra, general secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Sewa Samiti, for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus and Muslims.

"The FIR under Sections 295, 295 (a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) of the IPC was registered at the Mahanagar police station. We are probing the charges," a senior police officer was quoted by PTI as saying.

Earlier, Vishwas had apologised for his remarks on Moharram which were apparently made way back in a 2004 Kavi Sammelan.

The clip has him narrating an incident about a Moharram procession in Lucknow in which the participants were apparently going around chest-beating and chanting "Hai Husain" and how a foriegner asked him what the procession was for. Vishwas says he told the foreigner that the forefathers of those in the procession had died. On being asked when, Vishwas says he replied, "1400 years back." "The news seems to have been quite delayed," he reports the foreigner as responding.


In another such video, he is heard saying that Brahma Vishnu Mahesh are sitting like a minister without portfolio. One of them sat in the Himalayas, and the other in the ocean, with no drinking water in sight. And, see, he goes on: They made him sit in the Himalayas, but did not give him any clothes. And to add to it, they took out the Ganges from the top of his head. And then they put a snake around his neck. Now you tell me, what would such a man do if not Tandava? Disco?

Kumar insists that all these old videos pertaining to his career as a stand-up comedian are being dredged out only because he has dared to announce his candidature against Rahul Gandhi for Amethi Lok Sabha constituency.

POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 22, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 22, 2014 23:47 IST
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6/D-88
Jan 27, 2014
07:40 PM

 can sick attitudes change just because the owner joins a political party or undergoes softskills training? As for decency, can it be actually learnt, or does it have to come from within? The malaise is too basic and ingrained, 'racial'.
The fora discussing Kumar Vishwas' idiocy on the Net have quite a percentage spewing hate on the "kaali pillis"; how these 'uglies' don't learn to speak Hindi; how Mallus should learn to take a joke or five (like the Sardarjis); how they're shocked with Kerala's 'attitude' on this issue, despite it being the most educated state and all; how it's all a dastardly anti-AAP conspiracy to pull this clip out of limbo years later; how Vishwas is a pucca angel now that he's with AAP; how matrimonial columns substantiate skin-colour-fixation as a fact of life in India (hey, they're right!); about "us goras and them kaalas", etc, etc, etc. Why, even Vishwas went on in the infamous clip to speak of how 'zabardast' North Indian nurses are in comparison! The fact that the nursing profession selflessly serves patients in ways their own kin cannot (or don't) isn't highlighted.
Those who disparage or discriminate on the basis of skin colour are pathetic, subhuman, intelligence-challenged morons, because there's probably a bell-curve of all complexions in any state. Those Indians who are stupid about fair skin should realize that they are dark compared to those in colder climes abroad due to evolution, and will always remain so despite the tons of fairness creams types like Shahrukh Khan may sell them!

Honest Citizen
Bangalore, India
5/D-3
Jan 25, 2014
12:04 AM

The feminists are so used to manipulating the media and pretending to be victims, that they are projecting anti-prostitute remarks as ant-female!

This kind of 'victimhood' image, serves the female organisations well.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
4/D-5
Jan 24, 2014
12:40 AM

 This is ridiculous...Except for the jokes about nurses about Kerala which was in poor taste, there is nothing to be offended about here. Media is manufacutring controversies where none exist.

tejinder
st louis, United States
3/D-107
Jan 23, 2014
10:55 PM

Moral of the story, don't even say any derogatory remark with generalization if you even think about running for a political office.  Actors get away because they speak prompted dialogs.  Otherwise all Muslim actors would have been villanized by their own community for woshiping Hindu Gods and/or worshiping Christian God. 

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
2/D-72
Jan 23, 2014
04:29 PM

Kumar Vishwas has made derogatory remarks about women, queers, muslims, hindu gods and goddesses. He is trying to justify these as scripted and hiding behind lame excuses. When confronted asks Raj Babbar to apologies for enacting rape scenes. The guy is a total nut-case. Even when he says sorry, it sounds like he is hitting someone

Sanjeev Bhanot
Bharuch, India
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