NYT Apologizes for Offensive Cartoon on India’s Mars Mission

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Days after it published an offensive cartoon mocking India's successful Mars mission, The New York Times apologized Oct. 6 saying it was not trying to "impugn" India but was highlighting that space programs are no longer the exclusive domain of rich Western countries.

"A large number of readers have complained about a recent editorial cartoon in The International New York Times, about India's foray into space exploration. The intent of the cartoonist, Heng Kim Song, was to highlight how space exploration is no longer the exclusive domain of rich, Western countries," Andrew Rosenthal, NYT's editorial page editor said in a Facebook post.

"We apologize to readers who were offended by the choice of images in this cartoon. Heng was in no way trying to impugn India, its government or its citizens. We appreciate that readers have shared their feedback, which we welcome," Rosenthal said.

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