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Reaping India’s ‘demographic divide’ and Karnataka races to be another UP

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

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

In today’s featured cartoon, Sandeep Adhwaryu comments on the ongoing tussle over the hijab (headscarf) and saffron scarves in BJP-ruled Karnataka, which began last month after some Muslim students of a government college in Udupi alleged they were barred from attending classes on the ground that they were wearing hijabs.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter/@caricatured

Alok Nirantar also refers to the hijab controversy, and draws a parallel between the BJP-ruled states of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Last week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had stated during a rally in Bulandshahr that “UP will become the best state of the country in the next 5 years” if the people give the BJP one more term.

Sajith Kumar | Deccan Herald

Amid the hijab row, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday ordered the closure of all high schools and colleges for three days in the state to “maintain peace and harmony”. Cartoonist Sajith Kumar weighs in, suggesting that Covid isn’t the only virus we need to fear.

Manjul | News9

Manjul’s cartoon is a jibe at newly appointed Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit. Soon after her appointment was announced by the Narendra Modi government, the professor found herself in the eye of a storm as controversial tweets from a Twitter handle bearing her name surfaced. She has claimed the account, since deleted, isn’t hers.

R. Prasad | Economic Times

R. Prasad picks the ‘Hindu khatre main hain‘ narrative to take a dig at Home Minister Amit Shah, who urged AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Parliament to accept ‘Z’-level security after shots were fired at the latter’s convoy in UP’s Hapur district last week.

E.P. Unny | The Indian Express

E.P. Unny comments on political leaders promptly switching back to election campaigning after a two-day period of national mourning following the death of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Kirtish Bhatt | BBC News Hindi

Kirtish Bhatt takes a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on former PM Jawaharlal Nehru while addressing the Lok Sabha Monday, when he said: “Today I will only talk about Nehru ji.”

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