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Mangaluru: Satish Acharya's Charlie Hebdo cartoon grabs world's attention


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Jan 18: Famed cartoonist Satish Acharya from Kundapur has just added another feather to his brimming cap. His cartoon on the recent Charlie Hebdo attack in France has been recognized by international media as one of the most powerful depictions of the event.

A terror attack on the Paris offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month left 12 dead, including its editor and four of its cartoonists. In the days that followed, while millions marched the streets of Paris and other places condemning the attack, cartoonists around the world used their talents to express their take on the attacks.

Satish Acharya, well-known for his sharp wit and ability to deliver powerful messages through his creativity, came up with a poignant cartoon depicting the proverbial might of the pen against the sword. The cartoon shows two armed terrorists at the Charlie Hebdo spot holding up a paint brush and wondering, "What's this little weapon, which hurt us so much?" There is even a smiley in the background. Satish Acharya aptly titled it 'The little weapon!'.

The cartoon whch went viral on social media soon captured the attention of international media, and top publications like Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Times (Europe) and others featured his cartoon among the most powerfuls ones on the Charlie Hebdo attack.

The same cartoon has also been chosen among the top 20 from around the world by leading Spanish newspaper El Pais. According to Wikipedia, El Pais has the highest circulation among the dailies in Spain and is considered its national newspaper of record. The list of 20 are not exclusively Charlie Hebdo-related cartoons, they include cartoons on various events in human history, such as Palestine trouble, spread of the deadly Ebola in Africa, Syrian unrest, emergence of ISIS and so on. The cartoonists as well as cartoons featured include those from top media such as The Guardian, Time, Newsweek and so on, spanning different continents and languages.

Though the article is in Spanish, roughly translated, it describes Satish Acharya as, "Indian cartoonist whose focus almost exclusively reflects the political situation in his country. Responsible for one of the most popular cartoons paying tribute on the massacre in Charlie Hebdo, in which two masked men hold a pen and wonder: 'What's this little weapon, which hurt us so much?'"

Satish Acharya created the cartoon for Facebook and Twitter on January 7. A day later, it was published by City Today. The cartoon was retweeted 3,884 times.

Speaking to daijiworld, Satish Acharya said, "Two days back I started getting lots of followers on Twitter. I then realised that somebody must have posted (the cartoon) somewhere."

"I just feel happy that the message has reached more people all around the world."

The fact that Satish Acharya's cartoon has been recognized by the world media does not imply that he endorses the kind of satire that the French magazine is notorious for. In a Facebook post, he said how, a BBC anchor was suprised "When I told him that in India we cartoonists draw our own laxman rekha and we enjoy responsible freedom!"

"Of course, I do not endorse (the French magazine's style of satire). My cartoon was to protest the violence and in support of cartoonists (in general)," he said. In fact, his cartoons, mostly on politics and sports, are delightfully witty, full of humour and never blasphemous.

Satish Acharya, who enjoys a large fan base across India, was recently named by the prestigious Forbes Magazine in the list of leading personalities who have spread India's excellence through their imagination and thought processes. The magazine introduced Satish as a Mangaluru-based cartoonist par excellence. His cartoons regularly appear in several leading media like Mid-Day, Sify, ESPN, City Today and many more.

 

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 20 2015

    @ Jayantha in that case u also shouldn't drink milk of it and also u hindus use to or still use it as bullock cart and also make them work in farming...isn't this hurting ur sentiments?

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  • Sylvester, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015



    " My cartoon was to protest the violence and in support of cartoonists (in general)"

    Let us hope that your good work may not intrigue the minds of those who opposed Charlie Hebdo.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Hyderabad

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    If you want to condemn this barbaric act, condemn it clearly. Please don't add if's and but's. No one has the right to kill anybody. There are legal ways to deal with it. Killing is not the solution and definitely this wont solve the problem. No one can support the killings of journalists in the name of insulting religion.

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  • iqbal, mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    the cartoons are best source of communication but should be reasonable an logical but what Charlie Hebdo cartoon are adding “fuel feelings of hatred and resentment among people” and publishing them “shows contempt” for Muslim feelings.
    “The stature of the Prophet of Mercy is greater and more lofty than to be harmed by cartoons that are unrestrained by decency and civilized standards.” ignore this hateful frivolity.” “It is neither reasonable, nor logical, nor wise to publish drawings and films offensive or attacking the Prophet of Islam,”

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  • Ismail, Moodbidri

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    I don’t support anybody, who kills innocent people. Killing innocent people is a big crime. In the same way provocating somebody is also crime. If I write an article denying the holocaust, will any of the publisher in France publish this? No. Because it hurts Jews and denying the holocaust is a crime in most of the European countries, including France. Everybody knows that journalist, David Irving was jailed for denying holocaust.
    You know what happened to two sisters, who wrote about inconvenience to the commuters in Mumbai, due to funeral procession of a leader.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Hyderabad

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    If you want to condemn this barbaric act, condemn it clearly. Please don't add if's and but's. Its in a way you are giving rooms to second thoughts. No one has the right to kill anybody. There are legal ways to deal with it. Killing is not the solution and definitely this wont solve the problem. No one can support the killings of journalists in the name of insulting religion.

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    so creative...Congrats man.

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  • KA D'Silva, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Hakim Bhai, tomorrow terrorist will too demand not to take their pictures as this too against religion !!

    in todays world all religious heads of worldwide need to sit together and need to amend the religious rules according to todays world with respecting humanity as great !!

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  • Ganesh K , Davangere

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    ಸತೀಶ್ ಆಚಾರ್ಯರವರಿಗೆ ತೀಕ್ಷ್ಣ ನೋಟವಿದೆ. ಚಾರ್ಲಿ ಹೆಬ್ಡೋ ಪ್ರಕರಣವನ್ನ ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರತಿಬಿಂಬಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ, ವಿಶ್ವದ ಗಮನವನ್ನೂ ಸೆಳೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

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  • SB, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Hello Mr Hakeem
    If there is no face or picture at all as per your saying then why own some random picture drawn buy some random cartoonist as yours? Just because he gives a name, does that mean it's a real picture of prophet? How can you claim it's his picture when you have not seen him at all or there are no records for it ??

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  • Vikas, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Mohammed Hakeem,
    Our scriptures depict cow as mother, kamadhenu, god etc( some of our own people do not follow it that's a different story). So can we demand you guys not to eat beef or shoot you for that? We can only merely make a protest that's all. World cannot be a better place demanding or dictating people what they should do and what they should not based on your preferences. Somethings if you can't digest you should just ignore it. Why do you talk about tolerance then? As far as it not affecting personally (physicallye) not coz of your beliefs.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Just by adding Prophets of Jews into the books & claiming they are yours except the founder of Islam is ridiculous or ignorance or blind faith which is wrong as well.
    Only when one comes out of that state, he finds others religion has more humanity & love towards not only theirs but others as well.

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  • Dr alexander Dsouza, Bangalore/USA

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Our parents show us the way of faith and discipline through religion, But loving my self and my family, respect neighbor and society is the greatest religion in this world. Killing cannot change anything, being a human can change and bring peace in society.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Now Doctors and Engineers have joined the BANDWAGON ...

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  • mohammed farhan, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    The cartoon presented by satish acharya is praise worthy. But a question arises here the terror activities in its existence is threat to society and all sort of terrorizing aspect are condemnable but what forced them to kill the innocent people. Is freedom of speech or freedom to write mean to harm religious belief.

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  • S.M. Nawaz kukkikatte, Dubai

    Sun, Jan 18 2015


    Good messege.
    Very nice creativity

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  • Mohammed Hakeem, Udupi / Qatar

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Please get to know that in ISLAM we Muslims have not seen our God neither our Prophets. So we don't create any Picture or any Idol. This must be understood by all the Non-Muslims. The term freedom of expression doesn't mean to INSULT others religion.

    Those who killed the Artist and other innocents, are not Muslims. It is strictly prohibited in Islam to take others life. The Religion of Islam must be understood by the Murderers before killing in the name of Allah.

    Please Stop Making Any Pics or Caricature of our Prophets.

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  • Jayaprakash, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Mr Hakeem, can you imagine how much chaos it will if everybody decides what others to do and not to do ! If you don't like something just ignore it, killing people or supporting terrorists is not a solution !

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  • Jayanth, Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Dear Sir
    Totally agree with your opinion.
    But we hindus also believe cow as god and not be killed as mentioned in scriptures, so can we go on rampage for hurting our sentiments ?

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  • ER, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    fantastic hit. super 6

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  • Aala re aala, INDIA

    Mon, Jan 19 2015

    Superb! Excellent! No one has right to hurt the sentiments of others. Killing of cows must stop immediately including the killing of cows for export of beef. Unfortunately maximum number of cows killed by our Hindu brothers only for export of Beef. Let the union government take an initiative and ban the export of beef followed by killing of cows for consumption within the country.

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  • Sudheendra Kunder, Doha/ Brahmavar

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Great work Mr. Satish Acharya. We are proud to have such a wonderful cartoonist in our native place. God bless you.

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  • PEDDU, MANGALURU

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    UNFORTUNATELY THIS WILL NOT SERVE THE PURPOSE !!

    ITS LIKE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "ART MOVIES" AND "COMMERCIAL MOVIES"

    THE RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS A LOT DO IN THIS REGARD TO SAVE THE "ANY RELIGION" WHICH IS REALLY NEED OF THE HOUR

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    In India we have Doctors and Engineers who behave like CARTOONS ...

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 18 2015


    WELL DONE SATHISH ACHARYA..WHAT A MESSAGE TO THE SOCIETY! OTHERWISE THESE BAST###S KNOW ONLY KILLING.....

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Dear Satish,
    i. What's this little weapon, which hurt us so much?
    ii. Tester.
    iii. Pen is mightier than sword.

    Your cartoon is embedded with excellent observation and humor!

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  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Pen (Or Brush) is indeed mightier than sword!

    Very catchy and amazing cartoon by Satish.
    Yes supporting the cartoonists is correct , but at the same time religious sentiments should not be hurt and there is limit to freedom of Speech as our Great Pope Francis mentioned.

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE., PERINJE.

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Pen is mightier than Sword........well done Mr Sathish Acahraya.FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

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  • Kusuma Kumari G, Nellore/Kodyadka

    Sun, Jan 18 2015

    Good work Mr Acharya. I am sure God will help you more in making good cartoons. You draw a nice cartoon same time you did not hurt anyone Thats the way to go about it. I love teh way you are working.

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