BAN SANTA BANTA? NO FUNNY BIZ, THIS!

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Naina Arora ■ naina. arora@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Be­lieve it or not, those beloved Santa Banta jokes may soon be his­tory — Harvin­der Chowd­hury, a Sikh ad­vo­cate has filed a PIL with the Supreme Court to seek a ban over 5,000 web­sites that host such con­tent. Rea­son? She says th­ese jokes project sar­dars as “un­in­tel­li­gent and stupid”. We asked a few Sikh celebs what they had to say about the move.

Standup co­me­dian Ma­heep Singh says he’s proud to be a part of this “jolly com­mu­nity”. “I’m not pro ban­ning any­thing, ex­cept bad jokes. If it were of­fen­sive, some­one would have said so long ago. Even I crack those. If you can’t laugh at your­self, you don’t have the right to laugh at oth­ers.”

Even singer Harshdeep Kaur feels that th­ese jibes should be taken lightly. “Peo­ple don’t crack jokes just about sar­dars, they crack jokes about other com­mu­ni­ties too, es­pe­cially on the in­ter­net or at par­ties,” says Kaur.

Not ev­ery­one agrees with this view though. Says singer Sukh-E, “Reli­gious jokes bilkul harm karte hain. Sar­dar jokes nahi hone chahiye, kyunki kisi ki bhaav­naon ko harm nahi pahuchana chahiye. The only rea­son I don’t agree is that the new gen­er­a­tion doesn’t know our cul­ture, and th­ese jokes can be very dis­re­spect­ful.”

But singer IP Singh doesn’t think there’s any­thing in­sult­ing about th­ese jokes. “Maybe some peo­ple take of­fence, hence the pe­ti­tion. If some­one is giv­ing you so much im­por­tance, either they are try­ing to copy you or fig­ure out a trait you have. It’s some­thing you should cel­e­brate, not get de­fen­sive about.”

Sar­dar jokes nahi hone chahiye, kyunki kisi ki bhaav­naon ko harm nahi pahuchana chahiye

Sukh-E, singer

Peo­ple don’t crack jokes just about sar­dars. They crack jokes about other com­mu­ni­ties too, es­pe­cially on the net

Harshdeep Kaur, singer

Sikhs know how to laugh at them­selves. It just melts down all the ten­sion. Th­ese jokes are noth­ing to take of­fence at

IP Singh, singer

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