Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Gandhiji's political cartoons and his dislike in our present Indian political scenario

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Mahatma Gandhiji is remembered only on his birth day (Gandhi Jayanthi -2nd of October)  every year across  India  by political leaders; an annual ritual going on for the past several decades.  The garlended Gandhi's statues across the country, after that event, will remain deserted and  filled with layers of dust, no cleaning of the statue is done. No political heavy weight will ever take a look at his statues  that lose the shine in the hot weather. With some exceptions, most of them have a scant respect for his simplicity and political morality for which he stood firmly and sacrificed his life till his death.  The oldest party in India Congress and many of its corrupt leaders do not even sleep with their head facing Gandhiji's direction. His ideals are things of the past with the passage of time and  irreverence on the part of the Congress leaders. Gandhiji wanted the Congress part dissoled soon after independence in August. 1947. This grand old party's  dedicated leaders having been gone, in the last one decade or more,  it became a highly corrupted political party with poor leadership.  When in power last, it accounted for the maximum number of scams,  the biggest  one being 2 G Scam that shook the entireministry to the bottom.  The accussed are out and have not yet been punished. The Congress party long ago  divided the electorate on communal line  in many places  to corner minority votes  and  had an electoral alliance withpolitical  parties  that  openly  preach atheism, crticize Hindu deities Hindu culture. They neither have political morality and nationalistic  view nor have given  clear corruption free administration. 

If Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is alive today he will loathe to see the following  disgusting things in our society

01  Unwanted  clashes among various castes  across India, mostly politically motivated by certain vested interest. 

02. Irregularities in elections, the idea of money for votes and horse  trading - buying MLAS or MPS  to get the majority to take over the administration of the government.  
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03. Using caste as vote banks and  fielding candidates on the basis of caste in caste-dominated constituencies during election time. 
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04. Rampant corruption and nepotism in the corridors of power, covering industries, housing, transport, mining, etc.  
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05. No discretion in choosing candidates for the Assembly and Parliament  elections. Turning blind eye to candidates with criminal background.  With exceptions, most of the candidates have no commitments  whatsoever to serve the people and work for their welfare. 
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06.  When it comes to  scams running into crores of rupees,  politicians  who are caught red-handed, somehow  keep cool and manage to wiggle out  unscathed  through various  legal holes. 

07.  Lack of severe punishment and deterrents for erring politicians  who swallow public money and use it for their family comforts is in favor of untrustworthy netas.  Regarding  judicial inquiry or court cases or police inquiry, they  check into a hospital and use poor health as an excuse.  They play a kind of possum.
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08. Abusing and misusing political power is a way of life among the netas.  Grabbing of government lands, in particular lands owned by the Hindu temples in the prime areas go unchecked for personal gains with the help of goondas,  local rowdies or thugs.  The corrupt government officials go along with such netas for the crumbs of money they throw at them. 
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08. Lately, responsible politicians have  a scant respect for the Supreme Court rulings as in the case of the Congress ministry of Karnataka state  (related to the Cauvery waters)  and Kerala state (related to women's entry  into the Sri Ayyappa temple, Sabari Malai).

09. Prevalence of linguistic chauvinism and communal politics in many states. in particular in the southern states need to be in check.   
10. Frequent breakdowns of the business hours  during Parliament sessions at Delhi by opposition parties  who create pandemonium to tarnish the image of the ruling party. 

11. State government  should take a firm stand against certain  rationalistic parties who make blasphemous and lewd  remarks on Hindus gods /goddesses and rituals, etc. Such parties are  known to be  anti-national,  and  anti-Hindu, frequently making  derogatory comments in public  against the CM and PM. Such provocative comments need to be taken seriously by the police.  The political leaders holding high position should be respected. 

12. Yet another sad state of political degeneration is  openly using places of worship as a political platform to canvas vote against  parties and  support for certain regional parties. Such meetings are  headed by the minority religious leaders  who are supposed to use their discretion in such a matter.   Gandhiji will be in tears because, to him a place worship is not for politics or for an election platform. 
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13. In the state of Tamil Nadu, since 1970 the thefts of invaluable god's idols (made of an an alloy of five metals) running into several hundreds,  besides a large collection of gold jewels  have been stolen.  The mismanagement of Hindu temple and stealing of temple jewels  are serious issues. 

14. In Tamil Nadu, which has been a wet state since 1970, the percentage of regular drinkers is on the increase. No family is free from  serious brawl  if a drunk or two are in the same family. 

15. The unfortunate fact is most of the distilleries/breweries  are owned by politicians  and their  relatives from one particular party in TN. They also control potable water sources in Chingalput Vellore and other places. To tap groundwater and operate water tankers, they have had no licence and it has been  going on for several years. Common people can not question them.  Some parties including Communists illegally take sand from river beds and sell it at huge price in the neighboring state. People in Erode district say.     
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16. Likewise, temple lands are illegally transferred to land mafias with the cooperation of some corrupt govt. officials and this resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of acres of temple lands. It is a tough job to recover them.

17. Lately,  in the past three years or so, after the demise of CM Jayalalitha, Brahmin-baiting  by a small section of rationalist parties is carrying on, using obnoxious and filthy  language against this small community, making them a scapegoat for the ills in the society.  Both  the Center and the State  governments have not yet taken serious action on them for  creating disunity  and enmity in the society. None of the Indian states have this kind of problem, targeting  a small  community to mislead the public. The entire  Hindu society is sore about these fringe groups  who openly insult Hindu cultures, Hindu gods  and the priestly people. 
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18. As for erection of statues, Gandhiji  would not  have liked memorials or statues for those who were anti-India, anti-national and anti-god.  Such statues won't be of any inspiration to the young generation. 
Presented below are some additional  political cartoon  images of Gandhiji taken from many  sources. Many of them are thought-provoking:

Gandhiji and cartoons:
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March, 1930 Gandhiji and Dandi Salt Yatra.featurepics.com
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.  With 78  volunteers and thousands of others accompanied him  Gandhi and his non-violent army of freedom fighters defied the armed might of the British Empire. 
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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.
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The British Government in India, pictured  as a lion, was quite furious over 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 using  the force  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''.
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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  that pushed  Lord Willingdon to  face a tight situation. He locked up Gandhi and got into a mess. His calculation, that  by sending Gandhi to prison, he would stop all  the “peaceful protests” that Gandhi initiated, misfired and  unexpected  events followed it.   Everyone taking the image of Gandhi  rallied together.  Now, Lord Willingdon, looking bewildered in the picture, has to lock up  one thousand plus  
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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 to charm him and the Indians failed. 
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The British started deifying Gandhiji. This cartoon titled “The saint and the tiger” (Cartoonist – David Low (1891-1963) Published – Evening Standard, 20 Jan 1948).
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Personally, I like this cartoon  very much.  Gandhi's red-shot eye  glows  when  dishonest netas' cars go past the statue.  As so many netas go past by his statue daily, the old man' eyes  do not get any rest.  
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Gandhi made the Salt yatra to Dandi with honest people behind him. Now, our  corrupt nethas like Chidambaram, former FM  and Rahul are followed by  corrupt and dishonest men to scoop public money.
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 Gandhis ' birth day being a special one, no  liquor is supposed to be served  on that day.  On the contrary, in TN you will get the brew if you pay more.  The Modus Operandi is simple: A few liquor shops in many towns, have a small window which  one can hardly notice. Drunks can easily identify it. If you stick in your hand with extra bucks, there you go, the required bottle will land on your palm.  The markup  is more than 50%. This goes on at many places.  The other way is:  The peddlers on the sidewalk  sell the brew under the pretense of selling fruits and vegetables.  The  honest senior officials keep quite as the shops are run by men related to some netas. . 
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What has made Gandhiji happy?  Here, he seems to be in a jolly good mood and he rejoices over the news of corrupt politicians being in  the slammer. Particularly, when the former FM was behind the bar, the old man's joy hit the roof. Unfortunately Gandhiji does not know that these   dirty  men in politics will come out on bail  after a week or two. The money-minded  lawyers are  there to do the job for a hefty sum. It is a Sisyphus  attempt to send  the  corrupt Indian nethas  to the jail,  said  one old timer. ..
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Glad Gandhiji is wearing dark glasses and is oblivious to the dirty things going on around him.  If he reads what he has in his hand,  he may breathe fire and brimstone.  Prior to 1965 such irregularities in the government were rare. 
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passing the bucks:  Gandhji’s image in the currency notes (bills). If he were alive, he would be in tears. The soiled bills  with his image are  being handled by all kinds of people.