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American Comic Hasan Minhaj Notes the Many Failures of Modi Govt in the New Episode of Patriot Act

The global audience now knows a thing or two about demonetisation, BJP and cow-vigilantism in India.

A spy from Pakistan, Qatar or Iran? American actor-comedian and “Homecoming King” Hasan Minhaj has opened the floodgates for trolling from the Indian right wing with his latest episode on Patriot Act, his news-comedy show on Netflix. Why will Mihaj get trolled by Indians? It’s because he did not listen to the advice his parents — and many others — and made an episode on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. And he did not go easy on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Minhaj, who in the show has educated the millennial masses about censorship in China, Saudi Arabian politics, sneakers and hip-hop among other things, decided to tackle the elephant in any and every NRI’s room: Narendra Modi. In the show, besides commenting upon Modi’s failure to tackle unemployment, the disasters brought forth by the demonetisation drive, the agrarian distress, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the rise of cow-vigilantism under the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) regime, Minhaj also took out time to make light of the prime minister’s hug-diplomacy. Moreover, he underlined Modi’s lack of media engagement.

Minhaj, however, also spoke about the Congress party, its notorious history of scams and the public perception of Rahul Gandhi. In fact, he did a small one-on-one with Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who sounded “like a wise moose in a Pixar movie”. He did not speak to a BJP representative, but that is because, as one would expect, the party allegedly did not send a representative on his show.

In typical Minhaj fashion, he joked about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its ideologue Guru Golwalkar’s Bunch of Thoughts — a book that teaches one various hitherto unexplored ways to be bigoted — noting it gets a “little Mein Kampf-y”.

The last time a foreign news-comedy show had focussed on the Indian Lok Sabha polls was The Daily Show. Actor-comic Jason Jones had hosted a running series known as “India Jones and the Election of Doom” in 2014. Incidentally, Minhaj too was once a correspondent on the same show.

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