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In today’s featured cartoon, Satish Acharya comments on a controversial order — later withdrawn — issued by the Bilaspur superintendent of police for journalists to produce “character certificates” if they want to cover Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Himachal Pradesh.
Kirtish Bhatt’s cartoon refers to comments made by politicians about the trailer for the Bollywood film Adipurush, alleging that Hindu deities and mythological figures have been “misrepresented“. The cartoon reads: It’s fairly common to have controversies in films, but to tackle hurt sentiments, should films start providing Hurt Sentiments Disclaimers?
Nala Ponnappa uses the festival of Dussehra to poke fun at politicians.
Also alluding to Dussehra and concerns over incidents of communal hate, Sandeep Adhwaryu makes reference to Congress spokesperson Anshul Avjit’s comments Tuesday. Avjit had claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party government is using the notion that India’s economic problems are imported as a “smokescreen” tactic to “camouflage” declining growth. A UN agency, UNCTAD, has predicted that India’s growth will decline to 5.7 per cent this year from 8.2 per cent in 2021.
E P Unny takes a dig at the Congress’s upcoming presidential election — in which the frontrunner, Mallikarjun Kharge, is seen as a Gandhi family loyalist — while using the context of Dussehra.