Gandhi Jayanthi 2022 and his political cartoons !!.

Gandhi Jayanthi, 2022
 Gandhi Jayanthi  is `celebrated on the 2nd of October  every year across  India with Indian leaders of various parties garlanding the Gandhiji's statues in their respective places. For the past several decades, they have been  doing it without fail. Following  Gandhi jayanthi day on, his statues across  India will lose their shine and become dusty as months go by. Do our nethas / politicians  really follow his  principles? 

Gandhi's  statue, Gandhi himself cleans it. Facebook 

Gandhi Jayanthi.

With some exceptions, most of them have scant respect for his simplicity and political morality for which he stood and sacrificed his life.  Gandhji is still popular in many countries and as for the postal departments across the globe  Mahatma Gandhi is a thematic favorite. “He is honored by over a 100 countries.

Neta waiting since last night to garland  the leader?

If Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,  an Apostle of Non-Violence were alive  to see for himself the following he would shed tears

01. Nauseating clashes between caste Hindus and Dalits across India.

02. Irregularities in elections and horse trading in the name of alliance among parties whose ideologies are poles apart.

03. Using caste as vote banks and money power to get votes.

04. Rampant corruption in every thing and every where and nepotism practiced by some higher-ups.

05. Politics has become a money-spinning business. Even the criminals have a chance and made their presence felt.   

06. Central and state ministries hit many scams. The amazing thing is, if politicians caught red handed, they know the legal holes through which they can come out unscathed. 

07. Abusing and misusing political power. Grabbing of government lands or temple lands for personal gains with the help of goondas - local rowdies or thugs.

08. Lately, responsible politicians have  scant respect for the Supreme Court rulings as in the case of the temple lands, etc.

09. Prevalence of linguistic chauvinism in a few states. Language fanatics set fire to  public properties, including a fleet of costly buses over  trivial thing, using various pretexts.    

10. Frequent breakdowns of the business hours  during parliament sessions by certain nethas who create  chaos and pandemonium.

If Gandhi were alive to day  he would  positively  send our nethas  either to the gallows or put them on the pillory or wield an AK 47 to make them work sincerely. 

Being a torch-bearer of non-violence, he might regret  and  hang his head in shame for the simple reasons  why he worked hard to free India from the British yoke. Our nethas  neither   care about the unity and integrity  of a country. Nor do they understand the value of freedom, free speech, etc. Because of their irresponsibility, many anti-India forces are mushrooming across many states  to split the country. As the nethas with no ethics or patriotic feelings  turn a blind eye on them.   

Presented below are some of the political cartoon  images of Gandhiji taken from many  sources. The credit is given below each image. Cartoons relating Gandhiji and our Indian leaders might interest you. Many of them are thought-provoking. 

Gandhiji and cartoons: 

Above image: 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. He said he would not return to the ashram until the Salt Act had been repealed and swaraj won. Seventy-eight volunteers and thousands of others accompanied him. This Czech cartoon depicts Gandhi and his non-violent army of freedom fighters defying the armed might of the British Empire.

civil disobedience movement    

Above image: The British Government in India, pictured as a lion, was thoroughly infuriated by 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 unloosing all the force it had at its disposal 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.

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.

Above image: 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 Lord Willingdon was put in, in which  he locked up Gandhi. He got himself into a predicament. He thought that by locking him up, he would stop all of the “peaceful fighting” that Gandhi used, but once he was locked up, unexpected happened.  Everyone else rallied together to act like Gandhi, hence everyone taking the image of Gandhi. Lord Willingdon looks very bewildered in the picture,  as when he locked up one Gandhi, thousands more took his place.
Above image: 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. This shows that Gandhi has benefited because he knows about both Indian culture and British Culture while the British man has not even taken the consideration to look at what he is trying to do; the British Man has gotten sloppy. This is showing how the Indians have started to outsmart the British.

The British started deifying and adoring Gandhiji. This cartoon titled "The saint and the tiger" (Cartoonist - David Low (1891-1963) Published - Evening Standard, 20 Jan 1948).