“DEATH RIDES A PALE ELEPHANT…?”- a cartoon with this caption in the Australian Financial Review by the well-known Australian cartoonist David Rowe is being shared widely on social media around the world, India in particular.
The cartoon depicts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an emperor’s clothing, ‘riding’ a dead elephant.
The caption in the cartoon is a likely oblique reference to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse – biblical figures who appear in the Book of Revelation. The last of the horsemen represents a facet of the apocalypse: death.
“I looked, and behold, a pale horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death.”- Revelation 6:7–8.
The cartoon seemed inspired by a much older cartoon depicting former Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe on a Rhino carcass.