The newspaper cartoon that offended Christians

On Sunday, The Times of India carried this 8-column illustration by Neelabh to highlight the travails of R.K. Laxman‘s common man at a time of galloping food prices.

Titled “The Lost Supper” and bearing a likeness to Leonardo da Vinci‘s Last Supper, the illustration conveyed the helplessness of the aam admi at the hands of politicians.

On Wednesday, the paper carried the following apology.


An illustration resembling The Last Supper, which appeared in the Sunday edition of the paper, has hurt the sentiments of a number of our readers. We sincerely apologise for the anguish it has inadvertantly caused. This paper is truly respectful of all faiths. It is one of the cornerstones of our editorial philosophy.

Also read: Cartoon that’s offending Israelis

Cartoon that’s offending Aussies

External reading: The size of the serving at The Last Supper


  1. vivek

    Breaking news: TOI has an editorial policy wow 🙂

  2. M Vijapurkar

    Of the 13, who is Judas?

  3. Yella Ok

    vivek – that means they even have editors??

  4. Rohanv

    Advani is Judas in this one. I don’t think Sonia as Phillip works, but hey, it’s just a cartoon, no?

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  7. Rk

    I am dumb enough, so asking for help – what is offensive in this ?

  8. Michael

    Even I fail to understand what is offensive in this? And when have Christians become so intolerant?

  9. Arpit

    Please see The Onion dated today. Now THAT can be seen as offensive! This is childs play when compared!!

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