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K.P Sasi is a film maker, writer, activist and cartoonist. He can be reached at kpsasi36@gmail.com

3 Comments

  1. Farooque Chowdhury says:

    Thanks, Mr. Sasi, for the great call. And, the initiative — “People’s … for Peace — is nice. And, people are the people, millions and billions, no color, no nothing divisive, no hatred, no claim for superior position.

  2. K SHESHU BABU says:

    People for peace unite! You have nothing to loose except chains of religious bigotry and communalism …

  3. Thanks for the comments, Farooque Chowdhury and K. Sheshu Babu. I drew this cartoon initially as my immediate response to the demolition of Babari Masjid in 1992. It got reproduced in different languages at that time. When Gujarat genocide took place, the 10,000 copies of the cartoon was printed as a poster and stuck on the streets of Bangalore. Interestingly, among the 22 people who put in energy to stick this poster all over Bangalore, 18 of them belonged LGBTQ crowd. And I ask the question, if the sexuality minorities can support the human rights of the religious minorities, why can’t the religious minorities support the human rights of the sexuality minorities? In 2008, when the largest attack on the Christian minorities took place in Kandhamal, this same cartoon was produced as a T-Shirt. Around 2,000 T-shirts were distributed. As an atheist, I still hold by the broad principle stated in the cartoon. But today, when Hindutva fascism is gathering enough ground to declare 2024 to be a Hindu Rashtra in India, I would request all my secular friends to distinguish majority fundamentalism from minority fundamentalism. Unless, we recognise the religious minorities as victims of violence and potential victims of violence, we can not talk about communalism. If we were in Pakistan or Bangladesh, we would be fighting against the Muslim fundamentalism. But in India, the Hindutva fascism is at your door. The next election in 2019 will decide your fate. Secularists Beware!