State funeral for Laxman. Prez, VP, Prime Minister condole passing

27 Jan,2015

President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of eminent cartoonist RK Laxman.

 

In his message, the President has said, “I am extremely saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri R.K. Laxman.

 

I feel personal loss because I was both an avid follower and subject of his cartoons. India will miss the genius who made the common man into a national icon. He conveyed important social messages using humour as a tool and reminded the public that people in authority are fallible and human.

 

Honoured by the government with a Padma Vibhushan, Shri Laxman was a conscience keeper to the nation through his cartoons. His death leaves a void in the world of creativity and social commentary which will be difficult to fill”.

 

The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has also condoled the death. In his condolence message, he has said that Laxman, best known as the creator of the “common man” touched the lives of millions of our countrymen by his incisive humour  and  socially relevant messages expressed through his immensely popular cartoons. He has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

 

“I am deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri R. K. Laxman, the most eminent cartoonist of our country in recent times. Laxman, best known as the creator of the “common man” touched the lives of millions of our countrymen by his incisive humour  and  socially relevant messages expressed through his immensely popular cartoons. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. I pray to the Almighty to give them strength and fortitude to bear with their loss.”

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Eminent Cartoonist RK Laxman.

 

“India will miss you RK Laxman. We are grateful to you for adding the much needed humour in our lives and always bringing smiles on our faces.

 

My condolences to the family and countless well-wishers of a legend whose demise leaves a major void in our lives. RIP RK Laxman”, the Prime Minister said.

 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has announced a state funeral for Mr Laxman.

 

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