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The cartoon incredibly goes further on to show an elderly man applying mango-chutney to the panels in order to make them edible.
The cartoon attracted widespread anger and disdain from within Australia and the rest of the world alike.
This is not the first time a major news publication came under the radar for their depiction of the climate change negotiations. A cartoon published by the New York Times last week that portrayed India as an elephant stalling a train depicting climate change talks, also received a lot of criticism.
India took a tough stand in the recently concluded climate talks in Paris and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had publically stated that it would be ”morally wrong” to not put the lion’s share of the financial burden on the developed nations based on their historic emissions.
The cartoons, alongside other such articles in reputed media houses in developed nations seem to be backlash against India’s stand at the climate talks.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to this:
Shame on the @australian for printing racist cartoon against India showing Indians eating solar panels. #COP21Paris
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul)
— Musca vetustissima (@Mvetustissima)
How on earth can this be real? This is at least as racist as the LeLievre cartoon everyone lost it over.
— Away in an Osmanger (@oz_f)
Nasty little racist cartoon from Murdoch's @Australian on #COP21. They can eat coal, can they? MT @BLeakEksplayned
— The Daily Rupert (@TheMurdochTimes)
Last year, NYT invited widespread criticism for publishing a cartoon on India’s low-cost space program.