New York Times apologizes for India Mars Mission cartoon
The New York Times apologized for an editorial cartoon in its international edition that critics said mocked India's Mars Mission by showing a man in a traditional dhoti and turban, leading a cow on a leash and knocking on the door of the "Elite Space Club" while inside two bespectacled men in bow ties look perplexed by the sound.
The cartoon was published online Sept. 28 after India successfully put the Mangalyaan robotic probe into orbit around Mars. The mission was put at $74 million, making it one of the cheapest interplanetary space missions ever, BBC reported.
The daily’s official Facebook page had flooded with comments from Indians expressing anger over the cartoon and accusing the paper of promoting racism.
The paper clarified that the cartoonist was in no way trying to impugn India, its government or its citizens.