I was asked by Mumbai Crime Branch(Cyber cell)'s Mukund Pawar to remove this cartoon from my blog, since a certain Anjaria (NCP member and Chairman, Advisory Council Jama Masjid) filed a complaint against this cartoon. I was told, the complainant thought this is obscene. When I asked Mr. Mukund Pawar, what he thought about the cartoon, he said he also thought this is obscene and needed to be removed. I was both amazed and amused at the reason given.
Some of my friends at Midday suggested me to remove the cartoon for now as they feared the cops may harass by calling me to Mumbai frequently(I'm based in a small town in Mangalore now). So I saved the post as a draft.
But I had to fail the complainant's motive. So, I decided to spread the cartoon online through facebook, twitter. I'm really overwhelmed by the response I received from netizens who shared this cartoon with vengeance! It also proved that the cartoon wasn't my own viewpoint. The same thought was shared by all those people who shared it.
Now there's no point in keeping this post as a draft, so now I'm freeing it again to the cyber world!
More power to cyber freedom!
Let me share with you what Pritish Nandy, well known journalist and columnist said about Mumbai Police's cyber policing
"I think its brilliant and its a shame that Mumbai Crime Department has asked for it to be removed. You must ensure that all newspapers all over India report on this and carry the cartoon. We are not living under the Emergency."
I thank each of you, who stood by this cartoon & the freedom of expression.