The cartoon on The Australian, drawn by veteran artist Bill Leak, was published in Monday’s paper as an response to the climate deal signed in Paris this weekend, where India was a major negotiator.
As reported by huffingtonpost India, In the cartoon, Indian men clad in white dhotis and red turbans are shown huddled over solar panels sent by the UN, breaking the panels apart and tossing them away since they are “no good, you can’t eat them”. A woman in a sari is shown gingerly biting into the solar panels even as her bare chested son looks on timidly. One elderly man is shown spreading mango chutney on the solar panels, to check if that makes the panels edible.
This created an outrage not only in India, but all over the world.
Australian MP Tim Watts took on to twitter saying “This is pathetic. What an embarrassment that a cartoon like this could appear in a national Australian.”
Similar reactions were that of people around the world.