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In today’s featured cartoon, Sajith Kumar alludes to the ongoing row over Muslim students being banned from wearing the hijab in several educational institutions in Karnataka, while referring to a remark made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the Union Budget earlier this month: “We have entered into Amrit Kaal,” which is the rough equivalent of a golden age.
Manjul also comments on rising communalism in India in the context of the hijab row, which has seen Hindu protesters put on saffron scarves to demonstrate against Muslim students wearing the hijab.
While alluding to the hijab row, E.P. Unny takes a dig at the Central Media Accreditation Guidelines, 2022, issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The new policy lists 10 criteria, such as security and “public order, decency or morality”, under which journalists may be disqualified from Press Information Bureau (PIB) status — vital for entering official functions and government offices.
R. Prasad puns on the attempts to rewrite history and draws on the controversy surrounding the newly appointed vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit. A Twitter handle using her name had earlier slammed JNU students, farmer leaders, and the opposition, while supporting the BJP and invoking Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse. This caused widespread outrage, and the account was later deleted from Twitter.
Sandeep Adhwaryu depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel — who spearheaded the integration of the princely states into the Indian Union — in heaven, getting to see the “apathy and denial” in today’s India.
Kirtish Bhatt brings to light the lack of media coverage that Anna Hazare’s warning of a fast unto death has received. From 14 February, the social activist will be protesting against the Maharashtra government’s decision to allow the sale of wine in supermarkets.