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

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Updated on May 28th, 2019

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”

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

 

3. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

 

4. The Might of 10 Janpath

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

 

6. On Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord

 

7. On Bangla Desh Crisis

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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

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16. Criminals Entering Corridors of Power

 

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

 

18. Predicament of Pavement Dwellers

 

19. Gujarat Relief Fund

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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

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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

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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

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38. On Smt. Gandhi’s Victory At Chikmaglur

 

39. R.K Laxman Drawing His Common Man

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40. On Common Man’s Dilemma On Moon Project

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

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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

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47. The vagaries of day to day life

 

48. Sarcasm of collateral damage

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49. Flip-flop of BJP Sena alliance

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50. On toppling of Janata government

 

51. Vacuous claim of marching to the 21st century

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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”

 

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

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