“Lovely gesture Kshitij. Thank you. You are an extremely talented artist”, tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 6. PM Modi was thanking Kshitij Bajpai, a cartoonist who regularly posts his work on his Twitter timeline. Bajpai was singled out for praise by no less than the Prime Minister for his artistic skill after he made a sketch of PM Modi’s rally in Mangaluru on May 5.

Kshitij Bajpai has a very modest following on Twitter, and he has not put up any information about himself on his profile. His timeline however, which is full of cartoons tweeted by him is revelatory and gives a peek into the mindset of this cartoonist who has been feted by the Prime Minister. The cartoons betray a rabid tendency, full of prejudice and hatred for women and muslims. They are distasteful and vulgar, portraying political leaders, particularly of opposition parties in an obnoxious, repulsive and vile manner. Consider some of these cartoons which this artist has created.

Misogynistic

The Bollywood fraternity was vocal over the heinous rape and murder of an 8-year old girl in Kathua, J&K. In an allusion to the actresses who outraged over the incident, they are referred to as prostitutes. He tweets the hashtags #BollywoodProstitute and  #BollywoodSlut along with this cartoon. In another cartoon, he specifically targets actresses Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Huma Qureshi and Richa Chadda.

The misogynistic nature of the work is self-evident. Take a look at how the state of Uttar Pradesh has been depicted in the cartoon below.

Rape and sexual harassment is a dominant theme in Bajpai’s work.

Communal

Many of the cartoons are blatantly communal, ridiculing the minority community and perpetuating the worst stereotypes.

In the cartoon posted below, a man with a beard and a skull cap is shown urinating on a wall with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan written on it.

Even the iconic Taj Mahal of Agra is not spared. Penises are minarets in this cartoon, and the Mughals are called debauched.

There are a number of other cartoons, most of which target political leaders from opposition parties. The cartoons are repugnant and obnoxious. Kejriwal is the favourite whipping boy, although even former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been targeted in one of the cartoons.

It is disconcerting but perhaps not surprising that this person, Kshitij Bajpai, is lauded by the Prime Minister despite the nature of his work.  Alt News had earlier published a detailed report on how Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows serial abusers, sexist bigots, rumour mongers and riot instigators on Twitter. Cartoons have been an integral and intrinsic part of political commentary, combining satire and hyberbole with the skill of the artist to send across a powerful message. They can however be a double edged sword. The caricatures presented in this article exhibit the worst stereotypes about certain social groups, apart from furthering bigotry and mistrust.

Update: The cartoonist deleted a lot of his tweets after this article was published. We have added screenshots of the deleted tweets.

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Awanish Sharma
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Awanish Sharma

When ALT news have become moral police, cartoonist too have freedom of speech. freedom of speech is not limited to Congress and ALT news, if someone has done good appreciate it if not mind your business, why making business out of it

Kiran
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Kiran

Sharma ji Altnews isn’t moral policing anyone, he has every right to draw whatever he wants to, but PM sharing and praising an artist like that is a shameful thing. PM should act keeping in view of the position and the office he holds. Maybe you are ok with a PM who on one side says Beti Bachao and on the other side encourages misogynistic idiots like this, but not everyone is.

shitiz
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So in your opinion.. PM should do a CBI inquiry of every twitter account that he wants to share… Don’t just object to every stupid thing… we are more than sensible than that…Ludicrous article and more stupid comments.

Banamali
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Banamali

Did AltNews conduct a CBI enquiry ?? Do you need a CBI to tell whether a joke is vulgar or not ? It means you are drinking too much gau mutra. When Bhakt brigade can fight over a Jinnah image inside some remote corner of an university that no one saw for last 80 years,when bhakt brigade can invade into random couple’s rooms to catch them in private moments , when bhakt brigade can file case if a cartoon in some unknown paper insults Hindu Gods , but PM of India can not even verify a vulgar artist in twitter… Read more »

Hemant
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Hemant

You also have shit in your name. Just like your comment. Zero sense.

JAZ Z
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JAZ Z

Of course, you are Ch**tiya. What more could we expect from a Ch**tiya….?

Samar
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Samar

Man is it just part of your name or your really have shit in your brain? Apologist like you are the reason why India is not progressing a bit. The people you follow shows your mentality. Plain and simple.

Sandeep Kumar
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Sandeep Kumar

Then you accept MF Hussain is also a misogynist and bigot. If he is not then this artist is also exercising his freedom of expression.

Samar
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Samar

Nice and intelligent one coming from someone who looks like a bhakt. Indeed a good point. I as a Muslim totally condemn m f Hussein’s objectionable painting.

Ann
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Ann

If someone makes cartoons like that on Modi, Sanghi goons will file FIRs in a second

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O_M_F_L

It would have been moral policing if they had smash hit the cartoonist with rods and pellets. They have just criticised his work and condemned Modi’s appreciation of something as derogatory as this. You can criticise their criticism, but can’t stop them from doing the same.

Abhay
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Abhay

Take care brother, u r mentally ill

Hemant
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Hemant

Calling out filth and tasteless nonsense is not moral policing. You are the kind of person who enjoys such filth clearly.

Beeja
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Beeja

Moral policing is non their business, the valid license of moral policing is with BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal to hunt couples sitting in parks and restaurants to teach them moral lessons. They just reported the tastes of our beloved PM.

Raj Baral
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Raj Baral

Mr. Kshitij, according to Jumla Shiromani Mr. Pradhan Sevak aka Chowkidar aka NaMo has already declared that you are an extremely talented. But this time you did blunder mistake on your latest cartoon and even Mr. NaMo also couldn’t understand it. You showed NaMo’s hand in your cartoon and hand is an election symbol of Congress. Have NaMo joined the congress or he is planning to join the Congress. Now Mr. Talented Cartoonist what to do? Good luck better next time.

SIDDHARTH KUMAR SAHOO
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SIDDHARTH KUMAR SAHOO

The article speaks for itself.I am really disappointed with our Prime Minister.

Rishabh
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Rishabh

Just go and report this guy… ultimately misusing freedom of speech by showing vulgarity and nudity

Liberal Hindtuva Kanti Shah
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With parliament touted as casting couch, defending Bollywood of all ! Come on guys. I can see the hatred in trash can bhakt cartoons, but Altnews is telling Bollywood does not have prostitution when sitting MP Renuka Chaudhary has openly said parliament casting couch. Indian film industry is full of prostitutes and pimps, headed by Kanti Shah pimping his own wife of Gujarat. Infact sherlyn , sunny, mallika and others have spoke about sleeping and have no regrets being in flesh trade. Manusmriti says all brahminical varna women are consumable by brahmin men. and hence are veshya on bed. Why… Read more »

Madhu
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Madhu

The f*** did I see!! I want to know who this idiot is so that I can puke on his face

Anup Bagchi
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Anup Bagchi

Disgusting , disgraceful, shameful

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

I am not surprised as the old saying goes, “Birds of same feathers flock together!”
It re-confirms that he himself is crass, communal and misogynistic character!

Banamali
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Banamali

Is our PM a mawali ? His taste looks like that.

Dipen Das
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Dipen Das

AltNews claims to be a fake news buster and Pratik Sinha keeps on repeating that.
What has this article got to do with fake news. This article clearly shows agenda of Pratik Sinha.

Beeja
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Beeja

Hazaron saal nargis apni be-noori pe roti hai, barhi mushkil se hota hai chaman mein deedavar paida.

A least Kshitij Bajpai got a deedvar (someone having third eye) who recognized and admired his his talent

S Khan
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S Khan

This post is chhutiyapa of epic proportions!! Idiot left winger, just answer a simple question. The cartoon for which Modi praised him, Was that cartoon “crass, misogynistic or communal ?? If you say yes, then you need to see a psychiatrist. The cartoon depicted Modi waving to the crowd….now what is crass in that!! dickhead? What Modi has to do with the cartoons this cartoonist had made earlier….??? You are nothing but a mindless Modi hater. Matlab, khuch bhi!!😃

P s nair
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P s nair

Well done, Kshitij Bajpai. Well done, Modi.

Secudemo
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Secudemo

What a fall under BJP!!! Bhakts and cadres are cheap by DNA but getting kudos from leadership is sheer shamelessness and degradation of moral values in society

Manil
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Manil

The cartoonist’s name, K-shit-ij, says it all…