Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman
Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman

India’s most well-known cartoonist, Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman, was cremated Tuesday with full state honours in the western city of Pune.

 Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman
Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman

The state government of Maharashtra, where Laxman lived for most of his life, first in Mumbai and then in Pune, said it will construct a memorial in his honour.

“Laxman was not just a cartoonist – what he said through his cartoons will inspire future governments,” the IANS news agency quoted Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as saying. “… Though he is no more, the Common Man he created will live forever.”

Laxman was the creator of the legendary Common Man – an elderly man with a few wisps of hair on his otherwise bald head, large spectacles, a fading checked shirt and a bewildered look.

A single window cartoon titled You Said It starring the Common Man appeared daily in the Times of India newspaper for more than five decades.

The cartoon provided an incisive commentary on burning issues of the day with barbs particularly aimed at politicians.

Laxman, 94, died of multiple organ failure Monday in a Pune hospital.

“I feel personal loss because I was both an avid follower and subject of his cartoons,” President Pranab Mukherjee said in a condolence message.

“He conveyed important social messages using humour as a tool and reminded the public that people in authority are fallible and human,” Mukherjee said.



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