Indian Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi Jailed
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.
- Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi Refuses Bail, Hindustan Times, September 10, 2012
- Outrage Over Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi’s Arrest, NDTV, September 10, 2012
- No Takers for Sedition Charge Against Artist, Daily News and Analysis India, September 10, 2012