'Racist' Cartoon Of Indian-origin British Minister Priti Patel Called Out, Flames Outrage

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The Guardian published a cartoon that depicting Priti Patel along with PM Boris Johnson as bulls, with horns and rings through their noses, inviting backlash

Written By Shubhayan Bhattacharya | Mumbai | Updated On:
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One of Britain's most prestigious newspaper has come under fire for a blatantly racist cartoon. The paper on Sunday published a cartoon that depicts Conservative Party MP and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as bulls, with horns and rings through their noses. The cartoon was sketched by popular cartoonist Steve Bell.

Ironically the 'racist' cartoon was published when the world celebrated International Women's Day. Priti Patel is an Indian-origin British politician and is the first ethnic minority woman to hold the office of the second most powerful cabinet post after the PM.

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Reactions pour in against 'racist' cartoon

The cartoon was immediately called out for its 'racist' attack on the leader, given that she follows the Hindu faith where bulls are revered. Former Chancellor and senior Conservative leader Sajid Javid called the cartoon "Incredibly offensive". Politics lecturer Adrian Hilton wondered why the newspaper's editor-in-chief Katharine Viner did not consider this cartoon to be "an expression of religious/racial hate". An opposition Labour Party MP also slammed the cartoon.

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Although, there was no response from Priti Patel, her office, or the PM over the matter.

Why such cartoon?

The cartoon by Steve Bell refers to the bullying allegations against Priti Patel and her defence by PM Johnson. According to a UK-based news agency, a Cabinet Office inquiry into allegations Patel broke the ministerial code is underway. Among the claims are that a senior official at the Department for International Development had reported a ‘tsunami’ of allegations of abuse by officials in Patel’s private office when she was secretary of state.

Those allegations came after a former aide at the Department for Work and Pensions was reported to have received a £25,000 payout from the Government, has said she was bullied by Patel when she was an employment minister.

(With agency inputs)

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