The Great Indian Laughter Challenge: Only Sexist Jokes Allowed

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The Great Indian Laughter Challenge: Only Sexist Jokes Allowed

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he thought police, or the WhatsApp Uncle Unit as it is known in India considering its harsh stance on smart jokes, has claimed another victim. A Tamil Nadu cartoonist was arrested for what he believed to be sharp and thoughtful satire, and what the authorities thought was insulting because it showed a couple of politicians covering their genitals with cash. Maybe, it got too close to reality.

The WhatsApp Uncle Unit has had a busy couple of weeks, getting a journalist arrested for making fun of the prime minister on the messaging service, and another man for making obscene jokes about him on Facebook. A message is clearly being sent here: No joke directed at a prime minister, a chief minister, or even “Yes Minister” will henceforth be permitted in this country.

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