THE CARTOON THAT STOKED CONTROVERSY

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The ‘Cartoon’ shown above was drawn by one of the famous cartoonists of India, Shankar Pillai. The cartoon took controversy few years back owing to its confusing depiction of Dr. Ambedkar being beaten mercilessly by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.
In reality, the cartoon shows the snail and not Dr. Ambedkar being goaded and beaten by Nehru. The ‘snail’ portrays the drafting of the Constitution of India in its slowest developmental pace when it was being drafted at that time. Shankar was a great, creative and an intelligent cartoonist of independent India who could not have thought about such malice and mischief while drawing such excellent cartoon. Moreover, even Nehru himself had told Shankar to not spare him when such situation comes in his life to bring out the problems of independent India.

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