Cartoons are integral to democracy: Dinesh Trivedi
Kutch: Reacting to the arrest of a
Jadavpur University professor in Kolkata for posting a cartoon
of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the internet, former
Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Saturday said cartoons are
integral to democracy.
Trivedi, who had to quit the Union Cabinet after he fell
foul of Banerjee for increasing train fare in rail budget and
had to eventually resign on her directive, said here "I feel
cartoons are integral part of healthy democracy."
If a person is "standing on one's feet", he or she should
not be perturbed by cartoons, Trivedi said, speaking in
The cartoon features Trivedi besides Mamata and Trivedi's
successor as Railway Minister Mukul Roy.
"Cartoons cannot destroy your image. It is the people who
make your image and it is they who destroy it," Trivedi
Trivedi visited Kutch, his ancestral town, today.
West Bengal police yesterday arrested Professor Ambikesh
Mohapatra of Jadavpur University for posting a cartoon of
Banerjee on a popular social networking site.
The cartoon showed the Chief Minister and the Railway
Minister Mukul Roy exchanging dialogues from "Sonar Kella" a
popular Bengali film by Satyajit Ray, alluding to the
replacement of Trivedi by Roy.
"Only thing is a cartoon should be healthy and it should
not be in bad culture," Trivedi added.