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In today’s featured cartoon, R. Prasad alludes to Delhi Police telling the Supreme Court in an affidavit that there were no instances of hate speech against the Muslim community at a dharma sansad in the capital on 19 December 2021. The cartoonist suggests the police are turning into one of the three wise monkeys from the fable, the one that hears no evil.
Manjul refers to the issue of bulldozing and demolition of ‘illegal’ houses in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone in the aftermath of communal violence, and shows that they go against the principles enshrined in the Constitution, which was authored by Dr B.R. Ambedkar. It was Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on 14 April.
Sandeep Adhwaryu refers to the Delhi High Court order from last month which said that there is no criminality if something is said with a smile, and links it to the mob culture that seems to be spreading in India today.
Kirtish Bhatt takes a swipe at Indian politicians celebrating Ambedkar’s legacy while not adhering to the ideals of the Indian Constitution he penned.
Alok Nirantar refers to Maharashtra staring at compulsory power cuts as demand exceeds supply, while taking a jibe at the Enforcement Directorate attaching assets of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut‘s wife and two of his associates in a money-laundering investigation linked to certain land deals.
Satish Acharya takes a jibe at the inauguration of the Pradhan Mantri Sangrahalaya (Museum of Prime Ministers), which highlights the achievements as well as the controversies that took place during the tenures of 13 former PMs and incumbent Narendra Modi, while taking a potshot at the latter’s lack of media interactions.