The 'Common Man' Lives On In Emotional Tributes To Cartoonist RK Laxman

27/01/2015 7:06 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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INDIA - NOVEMBER 06: RK Laxman, Cartoonist with a sketch of his most famous character 'Common Man' at his Residence in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Photo by Mustafa Quraishi/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

For six decades, cartoonist RK Laxman’s ‘Common Man’ series was one of the most compelling reasons people eagerly awaited the morning newspaper. Laxman, with a few strokes of his brush, fearlessly exposed the hypocrisy in Indian politics and championed the marginalized with biting sarcasm.

So when he passed away last evening in Pune at the age of 94, it was really difficult for most of his followers to come to terms with the void created by his absence. Condolence messages poured in from the very people he mocked everyday—politicians and celebrities—and from the ones who loved him dearly, the aam junta.

Fellow cartoonists –- professional and amateurs -- took up the pen to doff their hats to Laxman by making alternative Common Man sketches showing the ubiquitous old man weeping, walking away and hanging up his trademark jacket on a peg drawn on a blank space.

These are some of the Common Man cartoons drawn in tribute to the great cartoonist.

This one was drawn by Mysore resident B. Vaikunth Shenoy.

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