Story: Ethnic and religious intolerance

Anti-Indian cartoon

Anti-Indian cartoon

This cartoon, published in Truth in 1917, illustrates the strong anti-Indian attitudes in New Zealand at that time. Before the First World War efforts had been made to exclude Indians, but they were protected as citizens of the British Empire. Then some Indians began to arrive in New Zealand, and at an Imperial Conference in 1917 the government was asked to let in the wives and children of existing Indian settlers. In the cartoon a 'Hindoo' (a common term for Indians at that time) has his foot in the door, which is being opened by an Imperial politician.

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Reference: Truth, 1917
Drawing by Thomas Ellis Glover

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Paul Spoonley, 'Ethnic and religious intolerance - Intolerance towards Asians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/28178/anti-indian-cartoon (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Paul Spoonley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jun 2018