By Vaibhav Sharma, Faisal Arshad, Swathi R. Iyer
Humour might be the best medicine but it also one of the primary tools of presenting a critique of society. Political cartooning does not only provide a commentary on recent events but also throws lights on the issues plaguing the society.
But according to E.P Unny, the Chief Political Cartoonist, Indian Express Group, political cartooning is losing visibility in the public sphere and is on the verge of disappearance.
Speaking at a panel discussion on the future of political cartooning in India, at the Asian College of Journalism, here on Monday, Unny said “Over the years political cartooning has gradually been losing space in newspapers. If political cartooning disappears then people will stop reading newspapers.”
By Tanvi Jadwani, Theja Ram and Vinayakk M.
“You do not have to carry free speech so far as to be stupid,” said N. Ram, former editor-in-chief of The Hindu group of publications, referring to how the Charlie Hebdo cartoon on the Prophet and the subsequent terror attacks could have been avoided with a little bit of editorial restraint.
Ram, drawing on his experience of dealing with cartoonists as editor of The Hindu, said, “Cartoonists rarely face trouble. They have lot more freedom than the writers and editors.”
By S.Vishnhu Saaye and Usha Rani Das
In memory of R.K.Laxman and Rajender Puri. Photo: Usha Rani Das
Chennai: R.K.Laxman was hailed as an unambigious genius, by various editors and cartoonists at the inauguration of a symposium on cartooning held at the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) on Monday.
Sadanand Menon, adjunct faculty at the ACJ and organizer of the symposium said, “The idea to hold this symposium emerged when R.K.Laxman passed away. To pay homage to Laxman, we were planning to invite Rajinder Puri to talk, but his death 21 days after Laxman’s was a critical blow and put forth the question of the end of the era of political cartooning in India.”
By Swathi Moorthy, Vignesh, Vipal Durge
The digital era has not affected the way a cartoon is drawn but it has changed the way people can access these works of editorial artists, according to senior cartoonists.
“In the era of internet, though cartoon as an art form has not undergone any changes it has made accessibility easier,” said Surendra, editorial cartoonist of The Hindu.
Speaking at a symposium held to commemorate R.K. Laxman and Rajinder Puri on April 6 in the Asian College of Journalism, Surendra insisted that the digital media with tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator had not changed the way he drew his cartoons. He still used his pencil and paint brushes, he added.