The cartoon by Heng Kim Song, a Singaporean based cartoonist showed a farmer with a cow knocking at the door of a room marked Elite Space Club where two white men sit reading a newspaper on India’s feat.
While the intention of the cartoonist was to highlight how space exploration is no longer the exclusive domain of rich, Western countries, Indians felt offended which was was visible in messages to the New York Times community page on Facebook as well as tweets to @nytimes.
According to them, the cartoon was disrespectful, racists and in bad taste, tarnishing the image of India, and its people. Here are some of the messages of outrage to The New York Times.
— bookofgenesia (@genesiaalves) September 29, 2014
— Nikhil (@nikhil_r_n) October 3, 2014
And finally the tweet which says it all….
Don’t Miss the Sequel of the Cartoon which Indians made
However, there were many who thought the outrage is not justified
On the NYT cartoon: If you sell a Mars mission as a triumph of jugaad, you can’t complain when Orientalists use images of peasants and cows.
— Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) September 29, 2014
— Khayalon Ki Malika (@KhayaliMalika) October 7, 2014
After the outrage The New York Times came out with an apology defending both the newspaper as well as the award winning political cartoonist Heng Kim Song
However, Indians were still not satisfied
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Madison Square mentioned that he’d like America to believe that India is no longer a land of snake charmers. However, going by this political cartoon published in the New York Times, it’s seems it will take time before Americans shake off that concept.
Finally, cartoons that will bring a smile to the active netizens.
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