Charlie Hebdo Attack|Cartoonists Respond back worldwide

French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo faced a ruthless terror attack on January 7th 2015 which killed twelve people, including the editor Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, seven other Charlie Hebdo employees, and two national police officers.Three armed men reportedly forced in the offices of the publication and opened fire.

Charbonnier was in the hit list of terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda since long. Known for its cartoons and jokes not only on Islamic leaders and Prophet Muhammad but also on Catholicism and Judaism other than politics and culture, the newspaper, its editor and cartoonists have been attracting controversy since long.

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The question is : is religion bigger than humanity ? Is satire and criticism so lethal that it has to be responded back with bloodshed ? Does a critic not give us an opportunity of introspection ? And above all, can guns really win hearts of human beings and its Creator- the Supreme for whom some have self-licensed themselves to kill fellow humans ?

Meanwhile, there has been a strong response from political cartoonists community worldwide against this attack which indicates, may be, guns can scare pencils and brushes but not so much that they will stop drawing. cartoon on charlie hebdo attack, mysay.in, charlie hebdo shooting, Here are links of cartoons against the attack :

12 Cartoons worldwide in response to Charlie Hebdo shooting

Below are my favourite Indian cartoonists who reacted against the massacre in their ways:

Cartoons by Kirtish Bhatt

Facebook page of popular Indian cartoonist Satish Acharya on the killings of cartoonists.

A toon by popular cartoonist Manjul and Manoj Kureel on the attack.

A toon on The Hindu depicting the incident.

BJP bags Jharkhand|J&K no clear mandate

Jharkhand has given its decision in favour of BJP with the party getting 42 seats out of 81 in the state. This is for the first time the party has created a clear space for itself in Jharkhand and has dominated other parties big time.

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Jammu and Kashmir on the other hand did not give  a clear mandate to any party with PDP becoming the single largest party in the state getting 28 seats. The BJP which failed its ‘Mission 44’ in J&K got 25(just 3 less) seats in the state, standing as the 2nd largest party. PDP has to weigh its options to form a coalition govt with either BJP or Congress & others.

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Should BJP’s failed ‘Mission 44’ in J&K truely be considered their failure ? Were they really hoping to get 44 seats in a state like Jammu & Kashmir where they had no chance of making any impact on Kashmir valley, dominated by Muslim population ? Its Jammu which has given BJP all its 25 seats while the Modi wave and development mantra had no impact on the Kashmir valley and Ladakh.

In states like Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir, BJP has managed to grow very strong displacing other bigger players of the state,  post 2014 General elections. The party is emerging as a strong contender against the state level parties and regional politics, as a whole. Since 2013, BJP has either won state elections with a clear mandate or has managed to stand too big to either be in coalition or spoil it all for other parties.

 

BJP disowns 'Homecoming' Event

After the opposition got yet another strong point to corner the ruling BJP government and to disrupt the workings of Parliament in recent times, the BJP has finally washed its hands off the ‘Ghar Vapsi’ Event.

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BJP spokesperson finally clarified that the party has not initiated or promoted any such event or individuals and sternly believes everyone is free to practice the religion of his choice.

The opposition parties have united against the government since Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s hate speech against non-hindus. The weak opposition was already turning stronger by attacking PM Modi on his frequent foreign visits and govt’s failing promises on bringing back ‘Black Money’ in hundred days. To top it, the BJP pro-hindu leaders  have been attracting controversies either by organizing religious conversion events or by calling Nathuram Godse ( the man who assassinated Gandhi) an equal patriot.

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Interestingly, the nation did not vote for BJP or pro-hindu ideologies but for PM Modi’s leadership skills and agenda of ‘Development’ but the pro-hindu BJP leaders who just acted as faces for Modi, are now singing their same old pro-hinduism songs.