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In today’s featured cartoon, Alok Nirantar looks at the unenviable task facing Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam as she presents the Union Budget Tuesday. Sitharaman will have to tackle inflation, unemployment, rural distress, high fiscal deficit and Covid stress, and keep an eye on the upcoming assembly elections in five states.
Manjul, meanwhile, takes a shot at the Narendra Modi government’s advertising spree, showing Sitharaman telling the PM that the money for that has been allocated, and now the rest of the funds can be distributed towards public welfare.
As the nation remembered Mahatama Gandhi on his 74th death anniversary on 30 January, Sajith Kumar illustrates how some people still celebrate his killer, Nathuram Godse, with the Hindu Mahasabha paying tribute to Godse and his co-accused, Narayan Apte.
R. Prasad shows a relieved Mahatma Gandhi being at peace because this year, unlike in 2019, his death was not ‘reenacted’. In 2019, members of the Hindu Mahasabha had allegedly tried to recreate and celebrate the assassination of Gandhiji.
E.P. Unny takes a dig at Union Minister V.K. Singh’s terming The New York Times ‘supari media’ (media for hire, like a criminal), after the newspaper published an investigative report that said the Modi government had purchased the Pegasus Spyware during a 2017 deal with the Israeli government. The cartoonist, however, cynically notes that ‘supari’ would effortlessly be replaced by ‘superb’ when the same NYT publishes something celebrating India or its achievements.