New York, June 15: A cartoon by Heng published in The New York Times on June 12 made the headlines for its presentation of India and Pakistan in the form of an elephant and donkey [click here for the cartoon], respectively, against the backdrop of the current international politics.
In this cartoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama are seen happily riding an elephant which is approaching a nervous-looking donkey with a Chinese person riding on its back. [Pakistan looks to fire lobbyists in US to rebuild image]
Presenting Pakistan as a donkey might be because of its declining relationship with the US following the latter's refusal to sell it F-16 fighter jets and also killing the head of the Afghan Taliban through a drone attack in its territory last month.
It could be also because the artist felt Pakistan is an insignificant country compared to India, particularly after the much publicised recent visit by Modi to the US or since Pakistan is increasingly been seen as a client state of China.
The third reason could be the real one since Pakistan has been represented by no leader and only a helpless animal.
The cartoon also makes it clear that the Chinese are using Pakistan to put up obstacles on the way of the India-US bonhomie as it has been seen in its strong bid to block India's entry in the Nuclear Suppliers Group despite getting backing from the US.
Howver, before the nationalist Indians have a nice laugh after watching this, they should remember that it was the same Heng who had shown India as a "farmer with a cow" knocking the door of an "elite space club" or that India as an elephant blocking the Paris Climate summit.