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In today’s featured cartoon, Alok Nirantar takes a dig at the government’s decision to hike the fuel prices, nearly two weeks after the results for assembly elections in five states were announced. After a four-month hiatus, the diesel and petrol prices have been increased by 80 paise per litre, while domestic cooking gas is set to be costlier by Rs 50 per cylinder.
Manjul illustrates on the news that diesel prices for bulk users have been hiked by Rs 25 per litre, suggesting that in the end, it’s the consumer who has to bear the burden either way.
Sandeep Adhwaryu takes a jibe at political leaders using the legacy of revolutionaries and freedom fighters for their political gains. The Aam Aadmi Party and especially its new chief minister in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann, have made many references to Shaheed Bhagat Singh before and after the elections.
Sajith Kumar mocks the fact that leaders like Gandhi and Nehru seem to be increasingly irrelevant in India. The cartoonist makes the joke in reference to India retrieving 29 stolen pieces of centuries-old artefacts from Australia.
Satish Acharya comments on the support and importance given to Vivek Agnihotri’s film The Kashmir Files by the BJP government and PM Modi himself, which he says is akin to ignoring other issues that need attention.