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Last Laughs: Fasting times in Indian politics & the irony of Beti Bachao

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The best Indian cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.

The selected cartoons appeared first in other publications, either in print or online or on social media, and are credited appropriately.

The dominant theme for cartoons today are the various fasts being organised by the Congress and BJP over different issues. The lead cartoon by Manjul for Firstpost pokes fun at the recent fast observed by BJP president Amit Shah to protest against the disruptions during the recently concluded Budget Session of Parliament.

Irfan on Twitter highlights the tendency of political parties to use fasts as a political tool to protest the current ‘issue’ of the day. A man suggests to Rajnath Singh, that in light of his statements about the Kathua rape case, he too can also join the bandwagon to solidify his political position on the matter.

Manoj Sinha uses his cartoon to show the absurdity of these protests since Congress leaders were caught eating chhole-bhature before observing a “fast” for a few hours at Rajghat. Arvind Singh Lovely and Ajay Maken, two Congress leaders, were photographed at a restaurant enjoying a meal.

Meanwhile, Sajith Kumar on Twitter uses the government’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhoa campaign poster to underline the differences between the government’s promises to empower women and the ground reality that women continue to experience in the country.

Lastly, R.Prasad mocks the appropriation of B.R. Ambedkar by political parties to gain votes and justify violence, while not fully understanding his philosophy or what he stood for at all.



Speech bubble: If you want, you can observe a fast for this issue also.
Headline text: The family should get justice in the Kathua rape case, says Rajnath Singh.

Manoj Sinha | @cartoonistmanojsinha

“We will keep a fast between breakfast and lunch.”

Sajith Kumar | Twitter

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhoa (save and educate the girl child) – terms and conditions apply.

R. Prasad | Twitter

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