R.K.Laxman: The Uncommon Man

26 Jan

R.K. Laxman Cartoon

The creator of the “Common Man” was anything but common! In an age of noise, R. K. Laxman could, in the words of William Blake “see the world in a grain of sand” and let his work do the talking, and what a statement it made! Through his cartoons, he stripped bare the hypocrisy of the government and the society with his quiet but observant Common Man becoming the “voice of the nation” (a master stroke of irony) and its conscience keeper. The country owes a huge debt of gratitude to Laxman for giving it a healthy and much needed dose of humour during seemingly hopeless times.


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