Several netizens are sharing an image on social media which claims that it has been created by American artist Ben Garrison who is famous for portraying conservative figures and right-wing politicians. A cartoon has been posted online disparaging India’s main political parties i.e Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. The various versions of cartoon show cow excreting into a bucket, which represents Indian people. The cow is seen as a sacred animal by Hindu, and various versions of the cartoon were used to criticise both the major political parties. Cartoons Don't Hurt, They Have Healing Power: Narendra Modi.
LatestLY Fact Check found the image to be misleading as the original version of this cartoon was created by Amal Medhi, a cartoonist from West Bengal, that criticised the Indian government as being beneficial to 'Foreign investor' at the expense of 'Indian people.' When Medhi was contacted by news agency Agence France-Presse, he said he was not behind the doctored cartoons.
Original Cartoon Posted by Amal Medhi:
Ben Garrison also in a tweet clarified himself and said, "No- I have never drawn any cartoons on India politics- there are some cartoons with my sig going around- Not mine."
No- I have never drawn any cartoons on India politics- there are some cartoons with my sig going around- Not mine
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) October 22, 2017
Who is Ben Garrison?
Ben Garrison is a popular political cartoonist famous for its portraits on conservative figures and right-wing politicians such as US President Donald Trump. Garrison a graduate from Angelo State University in Texas wanted to pursue a career in fine arts but later began working as a graphic artist. His Cartoons likes "Make The First Lady Great Again!" and "Rothschilds" drew international attention and made him popular.