Sunday, 16 June 2019

What do Gandhiji's political cartoons imply?

Gandhiji and the three Nos.
Mahatma Gandhi.
Being a torch-bearer of non-violence and stickler for discipline,  Gandhiji will be very much  saddened by the present day political scenario and the way many corrupt leaders run the parties. He will regret  why he got the  freedom for the Indians  who do not value the democracy and the leaders  who are after money and power.  He will take a serious note of  every move of the politicians and the govt. employees in the corridors of power as they are answerable to the people.  He will hang his head in shame for the simple reason none of the politicians and the govt. servants carry on their duty with honesty and integrity. 

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 subtle,  thought-provoking and funny.
Picture of gandhiji in the govt. office

Money changing hands: Gandhi’s photograph is hung in a prominent place in the office of  countless  government institutions  to inspire  employees and visitors to do their job well and be good and law-abiding citizens. The subtle interpretation of his picture on the wall is with his curious eyes peering down, he is carefully watching  over the honest transactions going on there and appreciate the  dedicated workers and reprimand those who lack work ethics and integrity.   Gandhi’s  framed photograph adorns Indian foreign offices across the globe as a symbol of nobility and honesty. On the  flip side of a coin, to some Gandhiji was  responsible for certain evils in our country - the unfortunate culture of strikes  and gherao by the employees, the partition of India, not giving importance to aspirations of the Hindus and women, etc.
Here, in the picture  on the wall  the netha is closing the eyes of Gandhiji
 so that he can accept the hush-hush money without any inhibition or fear. Here greed takes precedence over the ethical aspect of a leader.
In the top picture the politician is hesitating to talk about corruption and prefers discussion on secularism. Though one could see a gentle smile on Gandhi's picture, it is obvious, he is pained over the present political scenario where money plays a vital role.

Happy Gandhiji: Here Gandhiji seems to be in a pretty happy mood and if he had the energy and age  he would have definitely done  a Tango with his secretary Pyarelal Nayyar . 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 their  dirty work where they had left. It is a Sisyphus  attempt to send  the  corrupt Indian nethas  to the can. Because of these men with poor credibility, lots of good politicians get a bad rap and are unable to function freely..

Masked Gandhiji: Glad Gandhiji is masking his eyes  If he reads what he has in his hand,  he may breathe fire and brimstone.  Prior to 1965 such irregularities in the government and social evils  were rare.

Passing the bucks:  Higher denomination  currency notes (bills) carry the image of Gandhiji. Both the crooks and good citizens use these bills for various purposes both legal and illegal. If Gandhiji  were alive, he would be in tears or feel extremely shameful especially when bundles of bills bearing his image landed in the  coffers of nethas' families.

Going wet:  During India's freedom  struggle against Britain,  Gandhiji considered the consumption of alcohol as a major social evil and urged a ban on drinking. To accommodate him and a powerful anti-alcohol lobby, the Indian Government wrote a section into the Constitution declaring its intention to enforce prohibition. Many states in India are wet now as it is a major source of revenue for the government. 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 stick out your hand with extra bucks, there you go. The required bottle will land on your hand. The mark-up  on one bottle is more than 50%. This goes on, it is said, without the knowledge of the senior officials. Because of free flow of liquor, the society is plagued by all kinds of social evils which the police may find it tough to handle.

Gandhiji considers it  criminal to spend the income from the sale of intoxicants on the education of the nation’s children or other public services. The government must overcome the temptation of using such revenue for nation-building purposes. ,,,,(Harijan. 21 September 1947)

Man who failed to pay bank loan:Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya who is  hiding in England and now facing huge penalty for nonpayment of bank loans and evasion of income tax  is returning glasses to Mahatma Gandhi which he procured in an auction in New York. But it seems Gandhiji is reluctant to see the happenings around him.

Furious Gandhi statue.

Gandhi in fury: Why does Gandhi's statue on the city's main road  have fiery eyes? It is not the Delhi summer makes his  eyes reddish;  it is our  irresponsible  nethas who ride past him almost daily. When certain  dishonest politicians go past him, his eyes become red hot, sometime you can see a glow in them . Because, driven by greed and power, they do every thing that Gandhiji would loathe if he were alive. The father of our nation is quite upset about horse trading going on among the nethas to form a coalition government, caste politics, wet states and unfulfilled sky-high promises made by the nethas on the election trail.
 Weeping Gandhiji: 
Here Gandhiji wept over terrorists attack on Bombay that happened in the past in November 2008. He did the same thing during the recent Parliamentary election  period May 2019. He was quite sad over the way non-Hindu priests without any hesitation converted the  places of worship as  political platforms  and openly canvassed votes  among the members for certain regional parties. To many old Indian leaders like Gandhi, mixing politics with religion is not in the best interest of the country. If Gandhiji were alive he would have taken the cudgels against certain parties that openly indulged in caste-baiting and come down heavily on the Election commission officials for their inaction against undemocratic practises.

Here in this image Gandhiji offers his upper cloth to a poor man. Though Indian economy is one of the few largest in the world, people in the lower strata of the society do not make any progress.  The rich become richer and the poor remain poor. What about the poorest among the poor? They need a loaf of bread, butter, a small place to dwell with a toilet. The PDS is a total failure and the essential  ration items do not reach the poorest among the poor. The ministry and the higher authorities are helpless as the mistakes are committed at the bottom level. Reason: Lack of punishment for wrong doing in public offices.