New Delhi: With almost the entire Lok Sabha showing unanimity against publishing of anti-politician cartoons in school text books, a National Conference member on Monday struck a discordant note saying politicians themselves were giving cartoonists the chance to paint them wrongly.
"We have ourselves given cartoonists the chance to make cartoons on us. Instead of criticising the cartoons, we should do some introspection. It is a reflection of what we have done and a reaction to it," Sarifuddin Shariq said during an impromptu debate on the cartoons in NCERT text books.
"Is it not a reality that when one becomes an MP or an MLA for the second time, they become richer? Their assets (submitted to Election Commission before elections) show considerable increase," asked Shariq.
He was opposed by many members who said it was not the cartoons which were being criticised, but the fact that these were being taught to "young impressionable minds" which got "poisoned" against the entire political class.
Shariq also wanted to narrate a tale of Akbar and Birbal but his voice could not be heard in the din.