Watch video: American cartoon mocks India over Baltimore bridge collapse with racial illustration

Baltimore serves as a critical port for vehicle handling in the US, with an estimated daily value of goods ranging from $100 million to $200 million passing through the port.

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New Delhi: In the aftermath of the tragic incident involving the Singapore-flagged container ship Dali crashing into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, a racially insensitive cartoon has sparked outrage. The cartoon, shared by a US-based webcomic, depicted derogatory stereotypes of the Indian crew members, drawing widespread condemnation for its disrespectful portrayal.

Illustration of Indian crew

The controversial cartoon, accompanied by audio featuring individuals speaking in English with an Indian accent, depicted unkempt men dressed only in loincloths, purportedly preparing for the impending crash. The graphic nature of the video, directed at the crew on the ship, has incited criticism for its offensive content and perpetuation of racial stereotypes.

Commendation amidst controversy

Despite the contentious cartoon, there has been widespread acknowledgment of the Indian crew's commendable actions. US President Joe Biden lauded the crew for their prompt Mayday call, which facilitated swift response efforts and helped prevent further casualties. Economist Sanjeev Sanyal emphasized the crew's role in limiting casualties, praising their alertness and quick thinking during the crisis.

Economic ramifications

As investigations into the bridge collapse continue, the economic repercussions loom large. Baltimore serves as a critical port for vehicle handling in the US, with an estimated daily value of goods ranging from $100 million to $200 million passing through the port. Efforts are underway to address supply chain disruptions, with neighboring states offering support to mitigate the incident's impact on the regional economy.