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In today’s featured cartoon, Manjul illustrates the competitive religious political posturing in the run-up to the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. He shows that now that most politicians are ‘chanting’ the name of Ram, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has moved on to Krishna, pushing hard to ‘reclaim’ the holy city of Mathura.
R. Prasad refers to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu denouncing hate speech against other religions Monday at an event organised in Mannanam, Kerala, and narrates a mock-response from the audience, alluding to the recent attacks on the Christian community.
Alok Nirantar has a message to convey as he reflects on the Mumbai Police arresting a 21-year-old engineering student in Bengaluru, and an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man from Delhi in Uttarakhand, in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case. The app targeted Muslim women by uploading morphed pictures of them without consent, claiming they were up for ‘auction’.
Sajith Kumar also weighs in on the arrest of the engineering student in the Bulli Bai app case.
E.P. Unny mocks the Narendra Modi government for not taking action against Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, despite his son being the prime accused of murder in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The Special Investigation Team probing the case filed a chargesheet Monday against 14 accused, triggering fresh demands from the opposition for his dismissal.
Kirtish Bhatt has this sharp take on political parties continuing with their rallies in poll-bound states, despite rapidly rising Covid cases driven by the Omicron variant. He depicts a politician announcing to the public not to worry about crowds, because the party will ‘spread the rumour’ that social distancing was followed at the rally.