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Academy award winning cartoon stirs controversy over blasphemy


Thiruvananthapuram:  Religious sentiments have been hurt by the Lalithakala Academy award winning cartoon "Vishwasam Rakshathi" by cartoonist KK Subash, said minister AK Balan.

The minister in Delhi said that the government had not interfered in it as the award jury had decided on it. In view of the allegations the government, according to him, would review the decision.

Kerala Cartoon Academy Award jury picked for 2019 cartoon award K K Subash’s cartoon published in Hasya Kairali magazine.

The cartoon has Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused in the nun-rape case, holding the bishop’s staff with a woman’s undergarment in place where the religious insignia should have been.

Its selection for the award immediately sparked off controversy accusing KK Subash of insulting religious symbols.  

Fr. Varghese Vallikattu, spokesperson for the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC), said the cartoon disrespects the Christian community. He sought the academy to apologise to the public and the Christian community. 

Thomas Antony, Kerala Cartoon Academy secretary, said on a Facebook post that  the controversies over the award-winning cartoon was uncalled for.

Also he said that the cartoon was selected by a panel of Kerala's top cartoonists and it is the minimum courtesy to respect their decision, he said.

Meanwhile, the Lalithakala Academy reportedly decided to review the award following the controversies, said the academy's secretary, Ponnyam Chandran.




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