When asked, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee also endorsed the stand, saying, “Cartoons are for mature minds; not for children.” [Link]
If there was any doubt that Pranab-da would make as great a President as Pratibha Tai, this line removed it.
I agree with the great Pranab-da. Cartoons are not for the younglings. Never has been. What kind of example do you think a duck that does not wear pants sets for children? Yes I am talking about “rakhta hoon main khulla” Mr Donald Duck. Popeye becomes powerful and aggressive after eating spinach. Hah. Don’t I know that’s spinach is just an euphemism for “London se sex ki goliyaan”? Is this what kids should be taught is acceptable behavior?
Cartoon Network? Call it the Playboy Channel.
As for the offensive cartoon, I think most Indians are missing the point. It’s not that our elected representatives are hypersensitive about history or care much about the tortoise. They are genuinely concerned about the act that is being shown. Yes the use of whips by one person on another. What next will our kids learn? Chains? Blindfolds? Remember, there is only one person who can legally put a gag in our mouths. Kapil Sibal.
Now that cartoons in text books have been banned, I think our politicians should expand their scope, going after disturbing images in children’s textbooks—-a toad with its legs splayed obscenely showing its excretory system, diagrams explaining mensuration and that experiment with Schrodinger’s pussy…cat.
Other pressing problems of the nation can wait.
Rather than appreciating the efforts of our elected representatives to reform our education system, the Twitterati are chattering idly about them, using language that is hardly parliamentary. The problem is simple. The depiction of politicians in popular media as corrupt greedy merchants of avarice has been so damning that people have lost all faith in these fine servants of the people…And this conclusion is only the second thing that politicians cutting across party lines almost unanimously agree on (the first of course being to increase their salaries and perks).
The MPs alleged that cartoons, like Bolywood movies were part of the conspiracy to malign the political class, and should not be part of textbooks. Cartoons should be confined to columns of newspapers, they said….SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, TKS Elangovan (DMK), Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP), M Thambidurai (AIADMK), Shatabdi Roy (Trinamool Congress), Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M) and Lalu Prasad (RJD) expressed concern over the wrong depiction of politicians in a sustained manner.
Yes. Which is why I believe a committee should be formed that should ban movies which depict politicians in a bad way. With Ms. Shatabdi Roy as chairperson. They should start with…let’s see..Akhri Rasta in which the politician played by Sadashiv Amrupurkar was the Devil incarnate. Or maybe they should not. Because it starred Jaya Prada, now a politician. Or maybe they should start with Aatanka which depicted a dystopian Kolkata under the thumb of villainous political overlords. I mention Aatanka because it is a movie that Ms. Shatabdi Roy quite definitely has seen. Simply because that was her debut film.
Some may say that people hate politicians not because of how they are drawn or how they are portrayed on screen. They hate them because of how they are. But of course these people are wrong. You cant blame them though. Their minds got perverted as kids reading cartoons.
Cause cartoons are for adults only. That’s why they elect them.