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In today’s featured cartoon, Sandeep Adhwaryu draws on Merriam-Webster’s 2022 word of the year, Gaslighting — the “act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage” — while referring to how governments in China and Iran stand accused of using excessive force to suppress protests in their respective countries.
Irshad Kaptan paints an elaborate picture of the three-way contest in Gujarat where the BJP is fighting to retain its bastion, the Congress is hoping to cash in on anti-incumbency of 27 years and the AAP is aiming to take the place of the principal opposition party. Voting was held Thursday across 89 assembly seats in Gujarat in the first phase of the polls.
Satish Acharya alludes to the Adani Group’s open offer to acquire an additional 26 per cent stake in NDTV after taking control of VCPL, which indirectly owned 29 per cent stake in the Delhi-based news channel.
Kirtish Bhatt comments on Bilkis Bano moving the Supreme Court against the early release of 11 men who were convicted of gang-raping her and killing seven members of her family during the 2002 Gujarat riots. In the illustration, a man tells a woman: “This is a strange problem. Fight to get the guilty arrested first and then fight to keep them behind bars.”
Alluding to the ongoing Fifa World Cup, Nala Ponnappa relies on wordplay to deliver his take on how a celebration of ‘football’ has led to massive ‘footfall’ of tourists in Qatar.