The Western world is evidently not so pleased with the success of India's stellar Mars venture. Last week, a cartoon appeared in The New York Times that showed a turban-wearing, dhoti-clad man with a cow knocking at the door of the "Elite Space Club", where Westerners are seen seated. reading newspapers. Also, the Westerners appear clearly unhappy with the Indian at the door. The blatantly racist cartoon immediately drew criticism from across the world.
Immediately after the cartoon appeared in the newspaper's website, Indians flooded its comment box, expressing their rage and displeasure at the cartoon and demanded an apology from the newspaper.
Unable to find any fault with India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), which was far economic and cheaper than the Nasa's Mars mission, the Western media resorted to this inane way of attacking it, said critics. However, the international space community hasn't refrained from treating Mangalyaan as one of its own. India and the US have signed an agreement for sharing research data of the Mars mission.
The cartoon appeared just days before India's Mangalyaan sent photographs of the Red Planet that were shared by NASA.