News paper, ‘The Hindu’ on Friday published a cartoon showing coronavirus pointing a AK47 assault rifle towards the earth. The odd part of the cartoon that caught the eyes of many readers who called on the news agency for publishing the cartoon was that cartoonist had depicted coronavirus in a Muslim attire ‘Pathani”.
The cartoon was reportedly designed by The Hindu’s National Design Editor Deepak Harichandran.
Readers took note of the cartoon and called on the newspaper for equating the deadly virus with Muslims and normalizing Islamophobia.
"The Hindu" news paper displays a cartoon of Corona virus with Muslim attire. What does this indicate. Are not these blood thirsty mainstreams done with Muslim hatredness?— ️Ladeeda Farzana (@ladeedafarzana) March 26, 2020
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So Coronavirus kills people wearing a Pathani suit. Even though the virus originated in a non-Muslim country. But because it is ‘terrorising’ the world, it must be caricatured wearing an attire traditionally worn by Af-Pak Muslims. Shame on @the_hindu for promoting Islamophobia https://t.co/ZxC6yl5kHm— Irena Akbar (@irenaakbar) March 26, 2020
Saw this on my TL- the editorial cartoon of @the_hindu— Sidrah (@SidrahDP) March 26, 2020
The Corona catastrophe is depicted as Muslim men in Pathani suits pointing their assault rifles to the earth.
What an utterly shameless, bigoted publication colouring a pandemic with filthy propaganda!
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