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Cricket cartoon upsets Hindus in South Africa

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Cricket Cartoon Upsets Hindus In South Africa, A Cartoon of Lord Ganesha, Cartoon Issue. A cartoon of Lord Ganesha depicting the tussle between the BCCI and the Cricket South Africa has outraged the Hindu community in South Africa which termed it as a denigration of their faith.

Cape Town: A cartoon of Lord Ganesha depicting the tussle between the BCCI and the Cricket South Africa has outraged the Hindu community in South Africa which termed it as a denigration of their faith.

The cartoon by internationally-renowned political cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro depicts Ganesha as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat lying on an altar at his feet about to be sacrificed by his bosses.

The cartoon in the Sunday Times also shows Ganesha holding a cricket bat in one hand and wads of money in the other. CSA depends largely on Indian tours to boost its coffers, hence the depiction of sacrifice for money in the cartoon.

Representative Hindu organisations in South Africa have unanimously described the cartoon as a denigration of their faith. The cartoon has been described by political analysts as brilliantly capturing the impasse between Cricket South Africa and the BCCI which led to CSA being willing to “sacrifice” Lorgat to save part of the tour by India.

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