Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2L) and Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (3L) arrive at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge in the City of London, on November 30, 2019.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2L) and Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel (3L) arrive at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge in the City of London, on November 30, 2019.
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A cartoon depicting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, the secretary of state for the home department, that was published in the UK's Guardian has created controversy.

While Johnson is depicted as a bull, Patel, who has been drawn larger than her actual frame, is depicted as a cow.

The Guardian Cartoon that has created controversy
The Guardian Cartoon that has created controversy

The cartoon has caused outrage in the UK as well, with one commentator, Adrian Hilton, terming it an expression of religious and racial hate.

Indians, too, who have seen the cartoon have not been too amused

Other commentators have also voiced their outrage

Notably, there has been a lot of criticisim over 'Hinduphobia', which has become the newest thing to criticise. Last week, US Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard took to her Twitter account to address the rising Hinduphobia in America. This comes after a user on the microblogging site who goes by the name Sheenie Ambardar, shared an alleged encounter between an Indian-American and a Hinduphobic Uber driver.

Earlier, Johnson has said Patel is a "fantastic" home secretary as he backed his senior Cabinet minister amid a row over the resignation of her top civil servant.

Philip Rutnam, the Home Office's most senior official, resigned on Saturday citing a "vicious and orchestrated" campaign against him.

Johnson was asked about the controversy and allegations of bullying against the Indian-origin minister by Rutnam, her former permanent secretary, during a visit to Public Health England in north London on Sunday evening to address the rising fears around the spread of the coronavirus in Britain.

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