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The “Common Man” Of India Died On The Republic Day. 50+ Cartoons That Captured The Nation’s Conscience


January 28th, 2015   |   Updated on December 17th, 2020

R.K. Laxman, the doyen of India’s political cartoon and the man behind ” the common man” breathed his last on January 26, 2015. The man who for over 50 years captured the conscience of India through his sketches and cartoons, with a tinge of wit, humour and sarcasm.  Laxman’s cartoons were funny but never offensive.

Let’s have a retrospective of  Mr. Laxman’s cartoons through the eyes of his “Common Man”(dressed in a dhoti with a small tuft of hair) sported a quintessentially Indian look, a bewildered look, as he gazed through his rounded spectacles at the trappings of power and the vagaries of Indian politics…


1. The “common man” enjoying “You Said It”



2. The “common man” before and after an election


3. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru


4. The Might of 10 Janpath



5. On Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s Initiative To Move Into 21st Century


6. On Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord


7. On Bangla Desh Crisis



8. Common Man’s Plight


9. Smt. Gandhi’s Victory in Assembly Elections


10. Smt. Gandhi’s High Handedness At The Time of Shah Commission


11. Plight of Common Man At The Time of Emergency


12. Travails of Analyzing Budget


13. All Powerful Smt. Gandhi With Her Cabinet


14. Back And Forth


15. Lessons in Lok Sabha

16. Criminals Entering Corridors of Power


17. Former President  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


18. Predicament of Pavement Dwellers


19. Gujarat Relief Fund



20. On Shiv Sena-BJP Alliance


21. On Jay Prakash Narayan’s Save Democracy Movement


22. On Anti-Hindi  Agitation


23. Massive Support  For Gandhi After “Garibi Hatao” Slogan


24. Common Man’s Crusade To Corruption And Scam



25. Hindu Code Bill


26. People Voting For Congress


27. Tamil People Plight In Sri Lanka

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28. On The Rising Price


29. Postal Department Tribute To The Common’s Man


30. On Toppling of Deve Gowda’s Government



31. On The US-Iraq War Build-Up


32. Smt. Gandhi’s Sweeping Victory in 1980


33. On J.P’s Movement


34. On The Budget Making, Isolating The Poor


35. On 50 Years of India’s Independence


36. On Congress’s Socialism and Pro-Poor Plank


37. Former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav


38. On Smt. Gandhi’s Victory At Chikmaglur


39. R.K Laxman Drawing His Common Man


40. On Common Man’s Dilemma On Moon Project



41. On IMF’s High-Handedness In Dealing With Developing Nations



42. On Anti-poor Policies


43. On Rising Price of Petrol


44. Rajiv Gandhi And V.P Singh Handling Of Poverty Line Issue


45. On Emergency


46. President Pranab Mukherjee



47. The vagaries of day to day life


48. Sarcasm of collateral damage




49. Flip-flop of BJP Sena alliance



50. On toppling of Janata government


51. Vacuous claim of marching to the 21st century



52. Insensitivity of political class on common men’s plight

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And, now, some of the tributes on the demise of the “Common Man”





R.I. P R.K Laxman. “You Said It” BEST.

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