The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on February 15 created history as it launched a record 104 satellites together from a single rocket, breaking previous records held by any country. Indians were ecstatic about the grand achievement and hailed the ISRO.
Twitter kept buzzing with reactions, some congratulatory, others proud, while a few taking a dig at neighbouring countries, especially Pakistan. Hilarious memes and gifs flooded the social media, and a few even compared ISRO’s achievements with that of NASA. However, whenever ISRO does something spectacular, one cartoon resurfaces every single time, and this time too was no exception. The arguably distasteful cartoon published by the New York Times in 2014 weighing in ISRO’s Mangalyaan mission.
The cartoon which showed a farmer with a cow knocking at the door of a room marked Elite Space Club, were criticised severely not only by Indians as well as people from elsewhere, had even forced the leading daily to issue a public apology. However, even three years later, people are not done with it.
— ATANU ROY (@atanunarrates) February 15, 2017
This time, scores of people on Twitter and the Times of India newspaper responded to the controversial NYT cartoon, and it has created a lot of buzz on social media. The cartoon drawn by cartoonist Sandeep Adhwaryu has a flip of situations in which India, being at the forefront of space research, sits inside the “Elite Space Club” and The United States and other countries knock on the door with rockets in hand! It’s significant as of the 104 satellites, 101 were foreign satellites launched by PSLV on Wednesday and 96 were from the US. India’s space agency charges substantially less than its competitors in Europe and North America making it popular.
Here’s how the cartoons has India talking
— ravi sastry (@sastryrrnv) February 17, 2017
— Ramnath (@rmnth) February 17, 2017
— T. Gautham Shenoy (@theBekku) February 17, 2017
— kitsharma (@kitsharma) February 17, 2017
— Giridharan Santhanam (@girisanthanam) February 17, 2017
— Political Research C (@cprd_india) February 17, 2017
Take that NYT.. hats off to ISRO pic.twitter.com/HEowAo94Dz
— sanjay ray (@sanjay_ray) February 17, 2017
— Dhaval Dave (@DDave87) February 17, 2017
— Ravi Mantha (@rmantha2) February 17, 2017
— PriyaRaju (@PriyaRaju) February 17, 2017
— Azim Sarfaraz (@azim_husain) February 17, 2017
@CartoonistSan Just saw your ISRO comic strip response to the NYT one from 2014. Absolutely brilliant. Good job, mate.
— Circline (@sillystrawman) February 17, 2017
Appalled at NYT & FT’s attempt to belittle the success achieved by India’s ISRO. Clear & pitiable case of sour grapes.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) February 17, 2017
@nytimes NYT says that satellites launched by Isro were small, size doesn’t matter
— Ansh Shah (@shahansh22) February 17, 2017
— Navneet Mathur (@navmathur) February 17, 2017
— SANJAY BAFNA (@sanjaybafna) February 17, 2017
— Vidhya Iyer (@JournalistIyer) February 16, 2017
— Avinashsingh (@RajputAvinash48) February 17, 2017
— Phantom Shetty (@phantomwalks3) February 16, 2017
— Tanika Naik (@tanika_naik) February 17, 2017
— RAVENDRA KUMAR (@KRK_way) February 17, 2017