Thursday, July 10, 2008

How do you draw a line between THE FEAR and THE PRECAUTION?


How do you draw a line between THE FEAR and THE PRECAUTION?
Especially if you're in media!
This cartoon wasn't published as few journalists thought it could be offending as I had shown Manmohan Singh as a woman with bindi and saree! They asked me to remove the bindi and saree and make him a MAN again. But I knew if I made those changes I would've lost the humour! So finally some other cartoon went instead of this.

Aren't we getting too panicky? A hostile crowd/group can find offence in any visual, any word, any crusade. Why do we have to compromise on our 'disciplined freedom' in the name of constraint? Cartoonists all over the World use personalities/celebrities to represent a situation and carry their opinion.

What do you think about this cartoon? Is it offending to Sikh community or to Congress party?
Please send me your comment on cartoonistsatish@gmail.com
or you can leave your comment on the blog also.
This will surely help me to fine-tune my freedom and grow as a better cartoonist!

25 comments:

CartoonPub said...

If any one understand the seriousness (humor is serious business) of this cartoon there is no problem at all..u keep doing the good work.

Manju's Hebbar said...

ey,,According to me there is no offence here..The cartoon will be meaningful if he's shown as woman only...Infact if the ppl want to see it as offending..even if he pictured as man it can be taken in other sense :)..Good creativity and keep doing good work..

Toonfactory said...

Hey Satish,
I think this is exactly whats happening over there (ref. your cartoon)..LOL...
Anyway Indian Media, Politicians and other forces are yet to update themselves and get literate to appreciate this kind of sarcasm. Hope that happens soon...they should look at New York Times cartoons...
Keep up the good work...and anyways now we have blogs to say what we feel..

Alok

shramanag said...

i dnt think it is offending in any manner. not to any community in ANY MANNER...it is just how things get blown out of proportion.

savie said...

Your cartoon is very appropriate. It depicts Manmohan Singh in just the way he is- spineless, meek and unfaithful to the Left.

savie said...

Your cartoon is very appropriate. It depicts Manmohan Singh in just the way he is- spineless, meek and unfaithful to the Left.

Aditya said...

You never know what people would feel bad about these days... I def. dont think it is offensive, but somehow it looks like the kind of cartoon that may have some people trying to play safe (avoid a few broken windows to their offices)

About the depiction, I completely agree, removing the bindi and sari would strip the strip of its soul, and it would be better not published - than published in that truncated form.

But this definitely hits the point perfectly, amazing depiction

Ashwin said...

Satish, I would say that this is too innovative and a very creative way to explain a long short story. I also do not see any harm in showing Manmohan Singh in bindi and saree. Everyone has their own viewpoint and running away from being bold enough is a cowardly act. You are doing a great job... Keep it up and keep continuing.

arindamart said...

why should a cartoonist fear or think about some negative comments against a cartoon. i personally believe that a cartoon is the reflection of the truth behind the truth in the mirror. a cartoonist is the representitive of the huge group of people thinking the same. some may oppose and my accuse the art, so what ? SO GO ON FRIEND.

Anirban said...

it's a wondeful piece of art sir... our folks must learn to appreciate good humour. i personally loved your cartoon!

Anirban said...

it's a wondeful piece of art sir... our folks must learn to appreciate good humour. i personally loved your cartoon!

Chakri said...

Very nice piece of work.. But unfortunately people these days need an excuse to vent out their anger. Attacking media offices have become order of the day. So, it might be in the media company's interest to avoid controversies and play safe..

Avisek Chowdhury said...

Oooooo,its a wonderful piece of art sir.Your art can be defined like : Mind blowing thought mingled with a highly skillful hand + some computer skills = Satish Cartoons.
Please carry on the good work.We all love you.

Mandar Nagaonkar said...

man you rock again .... there are groups of people in the society who always create an issues with such things ... you did your job as always the BEST .. creating news along with humor and easy to understand visually its a difficult task ... rock on buddy .... but we cant simply ignore another aspects of it .. better to play safe as people need a reason to show there strength

Raghu said...

Whav Satishji..ur Cartoon is Very Creative, Nice piece of Work..Keep it up.."cartoonists are not just artists, they are also journalist who write in images"..

vasanth said...

Hi satish...its really a good time to showcase the personalities and show them what they are and i dont think that you should remove the sari and bindi..every single citizen of this country has the rights to speak.

abrams said...

it is a cool concept Sat, pity u wern't let to exercise ur artistic freedom.....

man4urheart said...

Oh My GOD!

Height of creativity!

I have laughed seeing this cartoon.

Anonymous said...

A great cartoon. I'm a Canadian and wondered if the cartoon would be considered offensive if it had been drawn by a westerner?
John

Anonymous said...

i wonder how people wud react if done the other way round. manmohan as the man and the others as women.

and i think people over here are a little too cautious. but then our society isnt open either.

Satish Acharya said...

Three cheers to all of you.
It's wonderful to see so many people respond and post their opinion. You all showed you care; you care for the freedom.

My intention was to initiate little debate and I'm glad to find few opinions who showed some concern about the growing intolerance. But at the end of the day, I'm sure the credibility and the freedom of a newspaper is more precious than the office windows, which could be broken by the goondas..

May be we all need to be educated to take opinion in the positive way. The debate will continue for ages, as it's an issue complicated by our diverse society, selfish & short-sighted politicians and uneducated faceless mob. And we'll protect our freedom. THE FREEDOM TO SAY!

Satish Acharya said...

SOME OPINIONS THAT REACHED MY MAILBOX:

I faced similar situations in my paper, when a I ask them why, they say .. you know this… you know that… and stuff, never had proper answer. i thought it happens to only people like me who is unknown and freelance cartoonists.


I think they rejected this cartoon...
personally he or she find that humour is not funny coz, they must be in the other side of the funny part.. in this case, he or she must be a sympathiser or in love with manmohan singh like me :) or he or she is spineless .


anyway, your caricature of manmohan singh is just superb.

viji

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Dear Satish,

This is a great cartoon. Sad..,! we cartoonists are the first one to be hanged! I run in to the same situation all the time. May god give viewers a strength to appreciate, understand and enjoy the cartoons & the cartoonists! I am with you.

With regards.

Mahendra Shah
www.ameamericanamdavadi.com

rajnikanth said...

Well here we go again!! freedom of speech, fearless press, n so on!!!! until one really tries to test em!!! sad mate i loved to see u having done one that went to our editors desk!! bravo!! It just goes to say how honest one is to their wrk eh!! but thn sadsly if one has to lead today n make it big.... some how the boldness no longer comes handy!!! cheerz dude! i loved it!

Sivapriya Nagendran said...

Aaaaah !!!! Unanimously in support of the cartoon !!! I am not a cartoonist. I am just an admirer of those subtle intricacies and the funny one liners. Frankly, when I looked at the cartoon initially, I found it awkward and just as I was about to comment on the awkwardness, I was awestruck by the number of 'Ayes'. Personally, I have no problem with the cartoon. But taking into account the sentiments of people, I think it was wise not to have published the cartoon. Sorry Sathish !!! I didn't want to join in the crowd. That's my opinion.

savvy said...

This is indeed very offending...to women that is.

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