India parliament row over Dalit icon Ambedkar cartoon

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  1. ejazr

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    BBC News - India parliament row over Dalit icon Ambedkar cartoon

    A row over a cartoon showing Dalit icon BR Ambedkar in a school textbook has disrupted India's parliament.

    Opposition MPs said the cartoon was "disrespectful" to Ambedkar and forced several adjournments of both houses of parliament on Friday.

    Education Minister Kapil Sibal later said the cartoon would be removed.

    It shows former PM Jawaharlal Nehru holding a whip while standing behind Ambedkar, who sits on a snail, to speed up work on drafting the constitution.

    The cartoon, by iconic Indian illustrator Shankar Pillai, first appeared in his magazine, Shankar's Weekly, in 1949.

    BR Ambedkar, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi, authored and shaped the constitution for independent India.

    "This is an insult on Indian democracy. The government should intervene and take strong action against those who are involved in this," Dalit politician and member of the Rajya Sabha [upper house] Mayawati told reporters outside parliament.

    "If it fails to do so, we will wait for two to three days or else our party will not allow the House to run," she said.

    Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan said it was "highly deplorable" to include the cartoon in a textbook.

    Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said without Ambedkar's efforts, India's constitution could not have been framed within "a short time of three years".

    Following the protest, Mr Sibal apologised for the cartoon and said it would be removed from the textbooks next year.

    "I am willing to personally apologise for it [the cartoon] though I was not the minister at that time in 2006 [when the cartoon was included in the textbook]. I was not involved in the publication of the books," he told reporters outside parliament.
     
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    :hmm: Its something different this time.
     
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    Cartoons are evil :sad:
     
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    The govt. didn't even try to defend the issue and two NCERT advisors have resigned

    Ambedkar cartoon row: NCERT advisors Yadav, Palshikar quit - Politics - Politics News - ibnlive
    New Delhi: Following the uproar over the controversial cartoon picture of BR Ambedkar in a textbook, NCERT advisors Yogendra Yadav and Suhas Palshikar resigned on Friday. Yadav and Palshikar were chief advisors for political science at the NCERT.

    Defending the move, Yadav said "it's a travesty to my mind to read a cartoon in such a manner".

    "The heated and not very well informed debate in the Parliament did not do justice to the responsibility that a democratic society has towards it future generations," he said

    This came hours after Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal apologised over the cartoon, after Dalit MPs protested over the matter in Parliament.

    Kapil Sibal said, "The text book that contains this cartoon will not be distributed further. We have great respect for Baba Saheb Ambedkar. There cannot be any attempt to malign his image."

    He added, "This is not a political issue. I personally apologise to the people on the matter though I was not involved and not the minister in 2006 when the cartoon came in the books. We have no intention to hurt the sentiments of any community."

    Sibal further said that the issue had come to his notice in April and an order had been sent to the NCERT regarding the same. "There were many other cartoons in the NCERT books that were not sending the right message to the children," he added.
     
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    This government is anti-dalit ! :rage:
     
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    is this cartoon in books from 2006?
    why are the politicians reacting too late
     
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    Freaking hell.... they are protesting over a cartoon published initially in 1949!
     
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    An Ambedkar and Nehru cartoon from 1949 creating "outrage" in 2012?

    Ambedkar cartoon >> [​IMG]
     
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    Ambedkar did not find it offensive, but those who wish to ride on his shoulders into fame, have found it to be so!
     
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    This just shows that our politicians are more interested in tamasha than doing any serious work.

    Predictably the joker in the pack , Laloo Yadav equated this to an assault on the constitution and attack on the supremacy of the Parliament.

    And then they object when people are now openly abuse them.
     
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    In an already dehumorized society, now the politicians want to kill the humor quotient of the kids!!

    I believe rather than resigning Dr Palshikar and Yadav should have fought the battle and taken it to a conclusive end.
     
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    am i the only one who find the cartoon funny ?
     
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    You got company
     
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    The IQ/morality level of the average politician has fallen from the level of Dr Ambedkar and Nehru to that of Lalu and Mulayam and a whole lot of other retards from all parts of the country. Can you imagine any of these great men like Ambedkar or Nehru saying something like `Jab tak rahega samose main aloo, tab tak rahega Bihar main Lalu`...
     
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    I have not understood who are the cartoons. Politicians of today?

    I have seen the cartoon. If one sees the way Nehru is looking down, it appears that he is about to whip the snail.

    Ambedkar is merely sitting on the snail and guiding it forward.

    The snail represents the tardy way the Constitution making process is progressing.

    I heard that squeaky voiced Illaiah on TV yesterday. These are the type of non entities who wish to cash on Ambedkar to survive and make it a career. Even Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Ambedkar did not find the cartoon offensive.
     
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    The cartoon in no way makes fun of both the leaders. In fact it is showing their frustration at the slow process of the framing of the Constitution.

    The biggest loser in this case would be the students as the book is being withdrawn from the stores, and we all know the speed of the Govt. God knows when the textbook will be available to the students.
     
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    The biggest loser will be INDIA for there are many freaks who wish to capitalise and make a career of Dalit being insulted/ Ambedkar being insulted and so on, while the genuine ills of the Nation go abegging and forgotten!
     
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    The politicians have got this attitude to give certificates like--pro-dalit, pro-ambedkar according to their own rules as if these issues and persons are their "Bappoti".
     
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    Stones thrown on Suhas Palshikar's house by RPI activists. :lol:


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