A caricature which ran in the March 3 edition of The International Herald Tribune, a daily owned by the New York Times of George Bush depicts the U.S. president in a suit, holding in one hand a sign that says, "India Nuke Deal," and in another hand a sign that says, "Stop Iran Nukes." Bush is holding a club in his third hand, and what appears to be a hangman's noose in his fourth hand.
Unsurprisingly, the caricature has riled many Hindus who have started an on-line signature campaign to protest its publication in a daily newspaper.Rajesh Gooty, the U.S.-based founder of Indiacause.com, a Web-based portal whose stated purpose it is to safeguard the interests of India, initiated the protest campaign March 22. So far, close to 1,200 people have signed the petition, which he plans to send the NYT demanding that the cartoon be retracted and an unconditional apology be given.
This is not the first time that Indiacause.com has made its point through on-line campaigns. In the past, it has succeeded in forcing Microsoft to remove the word "disputed" from a map showing the state of Jammu and Kashmir, forced CNN and Fox News to remove an India map drawn without the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and forced the Toronto Star to apologize for publishing an image of a nude Goddess Durga.