"There is a concerted effort to muzzle the cartoons"
In Britain cartoons have for centuries been a way in which the pretensions of kings, politicians, generals and judges can be mercilessly mocked - a way to offend the establishment without being guilty of an offence. In India that may no longer be the case. Newspaper cartoons there also have a long and important history of shaping political debate, but now Aseem Trivedi is behind bars for a picture he drew, charged with sedition under laws that date from the British Raj. It stems from a complaint by a Mumbai lawyer over series of drawings lampooning parliament's record on corruption. What caused particular outrage was his distortion of a national symbol in which lions were turned into wolves. There has been widespread outrage over what many see as a blow against freedom of expression in the world's biggest democracy. Sudhir Tailang is a fellow Indian cartoonist currently staging an exhibition of his work in Berlin, he gave Roger Hearing his reaction.
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