The best 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.
In the lead cartoon, Nala Ponnappa mocks the Lokpal Bill that was passed in 2013, given the country still does not have a Lokpal or a Lokayukta in every state.
Cartoonist Suhail Naqshbandi takes a jab at press freedom around the world, suggesting that presently it is more an antique than reality. India ranked 138 out of 180 countries on the 2018 Press Freedom Index.
Manjul in FirstPost has a witty take on the ongoing controversy about a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). A local BJP MP had written to the Vice-Chancellor asking him to take down Jinnah’s portrait, which has been there at AMU since pre-Partition days. Whereas Gandhi’s portrait hangs at every corner of India, but no one pays heed to his principles.
The BJP released its poll manifesto Friday for the upcoming Karnataka elections. Cartoonist Sagar Kumar shows that governments come and go, but manifestos don’t do much to help the poor.
Satish Acharya in Mail Today deals with Mamata Banerjee’s party the Trinamool Congress winning 34 per cent seats in the panchayat polls without any opposition. West Bengal continues to witness poll violence, with many candidates claiming that goons from Trinamool did not let them contest the elections.