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Indian Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi Jailed

Posted in International Comics by m on September 10, 2012

Aseem Trivedi is a young cartoonist in India. In 2011, he joined India Against Corruption, an organized movement trying to put an end to rampant political corruption in India. Trivedi created a wing of that movement, Cartoons Against Corruption. Because he criticized corruption with cartoon posted on his website, Trivedi is now in jail on charges of sedition.

Trivedi’s most controversial cartoon depicts “Mother India,” something of a national symbol akin to Uncle Sam, about to be raped by a politician and a bureaucrat. Other cartoons depict the parliament building as a toilet, anonymous politicians receiving insurance in case their bribes don’t pan out, and a vulture as the new national bird of India.

Trivedi is quoted as saying, “If telling the truth makes me a traitor then I am one.”

He has rejected his own bail, saying that no person should be expected to post bail for an unwarranted arrest. Newspapers and lawyers are standing up for Trivedi, saying that he is a victim of the very corruption he is trying to criticize.

Trivedi is sharing the 2012 “Courage in Editorial Cartooning” award with Ali Ferzat, the Syrian cartoonist recently beaten by dictator Al-Asad’s henchmen.


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  1. mvblair said, on September 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Trivedi left prison after posting bail. The Home Minister of his state promised to investigate the issue of Trivedi’s “sedition” after international media outlets all over the world spoke out.

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