Take that’, says Twitter to NYT, two years after condescending cartoon on ISRO
With news channels and social media flooded with the countdown to ISRO’s launch of 104 satellites into space, the average citizen could not have missed this record rocket launch.
Within the first 18 minutes of its launch, the rocket which lifted from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, sent three India satellites into orbit. What followed next was a feat that has gained immense praise from international space agencies. In a matter of 600 seconds, 101 international satellites were let loose in pairs.
As scientists behind the space mission celebrated this historic achievement, Indians took to social media to remind the New York Times of a cartoon it had published in 2014.
This cartoon shows India, represented by a man in dhothi and a cow in tow, knocking at the door of the ‘elite space club’ in an effort to gain entry. It was printed merely four days after India successfully placed a spacecraft in orbit around Mars.
The cartoon led to uproar among readers, who termed it offensive, condescending and a stereotypical depiction of Indians. Faced with huge criticism, the New York Times was forced to issue an apology.
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The paper may have come out with an explanation but the cartoon has not been forgotten. Now two years later, newspapers and people alike have come out to give what they claim is a ‘fitting….