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Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

Australian cartoon depicts as Indian eating solar panels

The cartoon depicts starving ​Indians chopping and eating ​solar panels sent in an attempt to control carbon emissions. The cartoon drawn by cartoonist​ Bill leaks ​was his response to the ​climate deal  reached at the COP21 climate change summit on Saturday in Paris.​India is the fourth-largest greenhouse emitter in the world.

 "This cartoon is unequivocally racist and draws on very base stereotypes of third world, underdeveloped people who don’t know what to do with technology,” Amanda Wise associate professor of sociology at Macquarie University told Guardian Australia. Adding, India has some of the most sophisticated "high-tech industries" on the globe and that the cartoon's message is developing countries need food not technology to do with climate change.

 Professor Yin Paradies,Deakin University also believed the cartoon’s message was blatantly racist. Paradise told Guardian Australia the message Leak is sending is that India is not smart enough to handle renewable energy and suggests that "developing nations are stupid".According to the ​​Gaurdian, the editor of the​​ Australian, Clive Mathieson, confirmed he edited Monday's paper but decline to give a response to the backlash. The cartoon has sparked widespread outrage in India. Shoma Chaudhury, editor of Catch News told the ​​Catch News told the ​​Gaurdian, "this only proved the provincial ignorance of the journalist, cartoonist and publication.” Leak has yet to make a statement regarding criticism of the controversial cartoon.

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