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The lathi rule, a Gandhi-mukt Congress and Jammu and Kashmir’s version of democracy

The best cartoons of the year, 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.

Manjul | Firstpost

Manjul illustrates how the lathi, which was once used by Mahatma Gandhi in his non-violent protests, is now being used to suppress dissent in Modi’s India.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Alok Nirantar alludes to the crisis in the Congress in July when the party’s Lok Sabha poll defeat led to party president Rahul Gandhi’s resignation.

Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

Sandeep Adhwaryu highlights the ‘teacher-student’ nature of former Union home minister P. Chidambaram’s relationship with current incumbent Amit Shah. Chidambaram was arrested in the INX media case in August.

Manjul | Firstpost

Manjul on the political apathy to pollution in Delhi.

Satish Acharya | Twitter

Satish Acharya on Home Minister Amit Shah’s increasing prominence in the second term of the Narendra Modi government.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Alok Nirantar has this cartoon from November this year, to mark three years of demonetisation.

 

Manjul | Firstpost

Manjul weighs in on the restrictions imposed on communications in Kashmir Valley following government’s scrapping on Article 370 in August.

Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

Sandeep Adhwaryu suggests that even though India couldn’t make it to the World Cup final, it still made history after Dutee Chand clinched a gold medal in the World Universiade in July.

R Prasad | Economic Times

R. Prasad satirises the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act in December by reminding Hindutva proponents of the ancient Hindu philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ (the world is our family).

Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Alok Nirantar too takes a dig at the Prime Minister’s ‘cloud’ remarks by comparing Modi’s current election campaign with the one he ran in 2014, which was heavily premised on the poll promise of ‘vikas (development)’. The Prime Minister had in May suggested that cloud cover could actually hide Indian planes from the Pakistani radar system.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Alok Nirantar takes a potshot at the BJP poaching MLAs to form governments in Goa and Karnataka.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Alok Nirantar also weighs in on the Modi-Xi meeting in Mamallapuram in October and pokes fun at China’s ally, Pakistan.

 

Mikail Aziz | Twitter

Mika Aziz points out the irony in the fact that Indian-origin economist Abhijit Banerjee winning the Nobel Prize in Economics while the country reels under an economic slowdown.

R Prasad | Economic Times

The Odisha government was under fire in November for a booklet distributed in schools that attributed Mahatma Gandhi’s death to “accidental reasons”. R. Prasad suggests that Gandhi’s experiments with that hazardous substance called “truth” might have had something to do with the “accident”.

Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

Sandeep Adhwaryu illustrates India’s ethnic and linguistic diversity, and the economic slowdown in a sharp jibe at the Modi government.

Aravinda Tegginamath | Twitter

Aravinda Tegginamath comments on the communal disharmony in the country by invoking the 1977 Hindu film Amar Akbar Anthony.

Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

Sandeep Adhwaryu on the BJP’s poll manifesto for elections in Maharashtra in October, which not just promised one crore jobs but also a Bharat Ratna for Veer Savarkar, one of the most polarising figures in Indian history.

Sajith Kumar | Deccan Herald

Sajith Kumar mocks at how PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah may have ‘forgotten’ that protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were inspired by the secular principles of the Indian Constitution.

Manjul | Firstpost

Manjul takes a potshot at the Narendra Modi government’s over-ambitious promise of turning India into a $10 trillion economy by 2030.

Kirtish Bhatt | BBC News (Hindi)

Gopal Shoonya illustrates the clash between JNU students and the Delhi Police in November.

Sajith Kumar | Deccan Herald

Sajith Kumar alludes to the ‘Jai Sri Ram’ sloganeering in the Parliament after the lynching of a 24-year-old Muslim man in Jharkhand, who was forced to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’.

Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Alok Nirantar caricatures the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G-20 summit in Japan in July. With Trump looking to secure a re-election, the cartoonist illustrates Modi’s ‘striking’ advice to him.

Satish Acharya | Twitter

After Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister of Maharashtra in November, Satish Acharya has a jibe at Home Minister Amit Shah, who has been dubbed as Chanakya for engineering BJP governments in states the party had failed to form the government.

Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

As India’s GDP growth rate tumbled to 4.5 per cent for the second quarter (July-September) of 2019-20, marking the seventh successive quarter of its downward spiral, Sandeep Adhwaryu suggests the BJP-led union government has a way to keep the common man unaware of the slowdown.

Mir Suhail | News 18

Mir Suhail offers a peek into the “campaign wardrobe” of Indian politicians ahead of the Lok Sabha elections — the three colours of the Indian flag and Army fatigues are seen.

Sandeep Adhwaryu | Times of India

Sandeep Adhwaryu has a jibe at the government’s claims that abrogation of Article 370 would have brought development in Kashmir.

Hemant Morparia | Mumbai Mirror

Hemant Morparia shows Rahul Gandhi milking the Rafale jet ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushing to catch up by milking the Mirage-2000, the aircraft that carried out the Indian Air Force air strikes on Balakot, Pakistan.

Suhail Naqshbandi | Greater Kashmir

Suhail Naqshbandi on the communal divide in India after a Surf Excel commercial in March faced severe backlash for promoting communal harmony on the occasion of Holi.

 

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