Sunday, 2 October 2016

Gandhi Jayanthi and his political cartoons !!.
 Gandhi Jayanthi  is `celebrated on the 2nd of October  every year across  India with Indian leaders of various parties garlanding the Gandhiji's statues in their respective places. For the past several decades, they have been  doing it without fail. Following  Gandhi jayanthi day on, his statues across  India will lose their shine and become dusty as months go by. Do our nethas / politicians  really follow his  principles?  With some exceptions, most of them have scant respect for his simplicity and political morality for which he stood and sacrificed his life.  

If Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,  an Apostle of Non-Violence were alive  to see for himself the following ....

01. Nauseating clashes between caste Hindus and Dalits across India.

02. Irregularities in elections and horse trading in the name of alliance among parties whose ideologies are poles apart.

03. Using caste as vote banks and money power to get votes.

04. Rampant corruption in every thing and every where and nepotism practiced by some higher-ups.

05. Politics has become a money-spinning business. Even the criminal have a chance. 

06. Central and state ministries hit many scams. The amazing thing is, if politicians caught red handed, they know the legal holes through which they can come out unscathed. 

07. Abusing and misusing political power. Grabbing of government lands for personal gains with the help of goondas - local rowdies or thugs.

08. Lately, responsible politicians have  scant respect for the Supreme Court rulings as in the case of the Congress ministry of Karnataka state with respect to release of the Cauvery  River water to Tamil Nadu state (a riparian state).

09. Prevalence of linguistic chauvinism in a few states. In the recent riots in Bangalore, the Kanada speaking people, without scruples had severely beaten up the Tamil speaking people and set fire to their properties, including a fleet of costly buses over a trial thing: Tamil Nadu government wanted the Cauvery water for their staving crops in the Delta region through which the river Cauvery travels and joins the Bay of Bengal. I wonder whether we are living in a  United India. It was quite disgusting.    

10. Frequent breakdowns of the business hours  during parliament sessions.

......... positively he (Gandhi) would send our nethas  either to the gallows or put them on the pillory or wield an AK 47 to make them work sincerely. 

Being a torch-bearer of non-violence, he might regret why he got the  freedom for the Indians and would hang his head in shame for the simple reasons that they have no idea about the unity of a country and the value of freedom. 

Presented below are some of the political cartoon  images of Gandhiji taken from many  sources. The credit is given below each image. Cartoons relating Gandhiji and our Indian leaders might interest you. Many of them are thought-provoking. 

Gandhiji and cartoons:
At 6-30 in the morning of March 12, 1930 march to Dandi (Gujarat), a deserted village on the shore of the Arabian Sea, 240 miles away. He said he would not return to the ashram until the Salt Act had been repealed and swaraj won. Seventy-eight volunteers and thousands of others accompanied him. This Czech cartoon depicts Gandhi and his non-violent army of freedom fighters defying the armed might of the British Empire.
The European and American Press took the cause of Indian freedom sympathetically. They reported the civil disobedience-movement extensively to give wide publicity. Cartoonists in these countries also took up the cause of Indian independence. In this drawing which appeared in Kladderadatsch, a very popular humorous weekly of Berlin between the two world wars, India is shown moving inexorably towards freedom under the guidance of Gandhi despite the frantic efforts of the British establishment to halt it by brute force.   ... The British Government in India, pictured as a lion, was thoroughly infuriated by the mass civil disobedience movement which followed Gandhi's breaking the salt law. There were violent disturbances in numerous places across India, to which the Government reacted by unloosing all the force it had at its disposal against the satyagrahis. Gandhi wrote at that time: "if we are to stand the final heat of the battle, we must learn to stand our ground in the face of cavalry or baton charges and allow ourselves to be trampled under horses' hooves, or be bruised with baton charges.
\This picture shows a balding man locking up Gandhi in a jail cell, while thousands of Gandhis are behind  the man, watching him. This picture symbolizes the situation Lord Willingdon was put in, in which  he locked up Gandhi. He got himself into a predicament. He thought that by locking him up, he would stop all of the “peaceful fighting” that Gandhi used, but once he was locked up, unexpected happened.  Everyone else rallied together to act like Gandhi, hence everyone taking the image of Gandhi. Lord Willingdon looks very bewildered in the picture,  as when he locked up one Gandhi, thousands more took his place.
In this cartoon Gandhi is looking cheerfully at a Briton  who is trying to charm some proposals for Gandhi. The British guy is waiting for the rope to move but it will never happen because it is a rope and therefore cannot be charmed. If you look closely he looks stressed as he is trying hard to blow the instrument. Hence, his cheeks are bulged. Gandhi is standing and laughing at the British man’s attempts. This shows that Gandhi has benefited because he knows about both Indian culture and British Culture while the British man has not even taken the consideration to look at what he is trying to do; the British Man has gotten sloppy. This is showing how the Indians have started to outsmart the British
The British started deifying Gandhiji. This cartoon titled "The saint and the tiger" (Cartoonist - David Low (1891-1963) Published - Evening Standard, 20 Jan 1948).
Gandhi has red-eyes. He does not like the netha going in the car. Perhaps, the politician is dishonest and unfit to be in politics.

Gandhi made the yatra to Dandi with honest people behind him. Now, our honest nethas are followed by men without scruples.
No  liquor is supposed to be served  on the Gandhi Jayanthi day.  In the state of Tamil Nadu, it is  said,  that  a few liquor shops in many towns, secretly sell liquor through a specially built very small window one can hardly notice. Drunks can easily identify them. If you stck out your hand with extra bucks, there you go. The required bottle will land on your hand. The markup  on one bottle is more than 50%. This goes on, it is said, without the knowledge of the senior officials.   --- Here Gandhiji seems to be in pretty happy mood and if he had a company, he would definitely do a Tango. Reason: He rejoices over the news of corrupt and dishonest politicians going to the slammer. Unfortunately Gandhiji does not know that the  prison has a small crawl-space like exit (legal holes) through which our smart nethas will slip through and start over his  dirty work where he left. It is a Sisyphus  attempt to send  the  corrupt Indian nethas  to the can. Because of these men with poor credibility, good politicians get a bad rap.
Glad Gandhiji is wearing dark glasses, If he reads what he has in his hand,  he may breathe fire and brimstone.  Prior to 1965 such irregularities in thegovernment were rare.
passing the bucks:  Gandhji's image in the currency notes (bills). If he were alive, he would be in tears.