A reputed newspaper of United States, The New York Times on 6 October 2014 issued an apology to its readers for its racist cartoon on India’s Mars Mission. In its apology, it clarified that it in no way was trying to impugn India.
The apology was published on the New York Times Facebook page in response to criticism from many quarters. The clarification issued by Andrew Rosenthal, Editorial Page Editor reads that readers have complained about a recent editorial cartoon in the International New York Times about India’s foray into space exploration. It said that the cartoonist Heng Kim Song’s intent after the cartoon was to highlight that how exploration of space is no longer the exclusive domain of rich, Western countries. It says that Heng based in Singapore uses images and text-often in a provocative way to make observations about international affairs. Thus the newspaper apologises to readers who are offended with the choice of images in cartoon, but the cartoonist was not trying to impugn India, its government or its citizens.
Problem with the cartoon
The cartoon showed a farmer accompanied by a cow knocking on the door of the Elite Space Club where two men sit reading a newspaper which has India's space mission on the front page. It means that still India and Indians are considered as cattle-rearing folks. It became an ironic after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared to the world at Madison Square Garden that we were no longer a country of snake-charmers.