He starts with mocking images of politicians, sports figures, common people, super heroes in various situations and tries to pass on a message with his humor and wit. Good enough, I say. But when he makes a cartoon of a religious figure, well aware of the fact that people from that religion won’t like it, he has transgressed. It is like a rugby player taking his ball off the field and claiming his right to play anywhere he likes. No Sir! We want to see you playing in the field and not on the streets, or rooftops, or in pubs…just because you want to add some new life to the sport.
Similarly, there are enough themes for an artist (read cartoonist) to follow: hunger, corruption, pollution, disease, economic scandals, and more. But he wants to make a cheap buck at the expense of hurting people and claiming this process as freedom of speech. Well let me tell you something Mr. Cartoonist, psychology has proved our consciousness to be limited by our upbringing, education, society we live in and other things around us. Unless you are someone like the great Swami Vivekananda, Leo Tolstoy or Mother Teresa themselves, your brain is not yet developed to comment on the various aspects of other religions, let alone your own religion.
I follow Buddhism as a philosophy for life and if someone were to draw an unkind version of the Lord Buddha, I would feel less amused. Buddhism tells us about the ‘middle way’. Not going to extremes and still getting a flavour of everything. That’s life. Living and let others exist harmoniously with us. Of course, we have the laughing Buddha, but lets keep it to that.
So before you guys try to pull out a another stunt like the french morons did last week remember who you they are: A bunch of jumped up journalism school perps who need a lot to learn before becoming eligible to draw cartoons of religious figures.
In other news: I personally like comics and told them ‘I am Batman’ (at Starbucks). And some heads did turn when he called on “Latte and croissant for Batman”.