No chief has had such a posthumous presence in cartoons as Gandhiji. He routinely seems on his beginning and loss of life anniversary as a periodic audit of our day-to-day politics.
In between, when issues go terribly incorrect, the cartoonist brings him in as a benchmark for what is true. That is particularly so when occasions that threaten social values are going down: the demolition of the Babri Masjid, any breakdown of democracy similar to throughout the Emergency, throughout riots, and, recently, at any time when the sedition regulation is used. Gandhiji known as Part 124-A “the prince among the political sections of the Indian Penal Code”. The act stays as present as its most distinguished sufferer, sentenced beneath the regulation in 1922.
Gandhiji is the cartoonist’s early warning system. While you see him usually in cartoons, it’s a signal that one thing goes terribly incorrect in our nation.
This text appeared within the print version with the headline ‘When the Centre Cannot Hold’