South Asia

Arts, Culture & Media

A Pakistani cartoonist tries to keep up his craft in the face of rising restrictions

It's tough being a political cartoonist in Pakistan. In some schools of Islam, the artistic portrayal of people and animals is perceived as sacrilegious and Pakistan's extremist politics is spawning a new wave of restrictions on the production of visual arts. Sabir Nazar is a Pakistani cartoonist who is trying to reclaim the power of images and restore the role of cartoons as a way to convey messages across cultural and linguistic divides.

Global Politics

India's first cartoon everywoman is the product of a female cartoonist who stood up to her own critics

Kanika Mishra had had it with the folksy 'common man' character so prevalent in Indian cartoons. She decided to create a 'common woman' and named her character Karnika Kahen which literally means 'Karnika speaks.' And speak she does, taking stands against sexual abuse and rape in India, and getting a lot of flak in the process.