The Common Man of India: A Tribute to Great Cartoonist R. K. Laxman

India is a country of the common man whose hopes, aspirations, struggles and sacrifices have been portrayed through different mediums of art since the release of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali in 1955. Some portrayals are meant for entertainment, while some others are reflective of inescapable reality. The common man represents the group of socio-political critics, the class of intellectuals, and the working class in India. The common man or the working class of India is one of the biggest consumers, the most powerful human resources, the largest vote banks, and major driving forces for growth of economy in the world. The great Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman was the first creator of the Common Man, a cartoon character clad in a dhoti and a plain jacket, for the “You Said It” series, a daily comic strip in the Times of India in 1951. He breathed his last yesterday. Indian Eagle pays tribute to R. K. Laxman through the eloquent visuals of the common man of India, clicked by some photographers.

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“I am the common man. I’m polite, I love my family and I play by the rules. And sometimes I get pushed around. That’s my lifestyle, and that’s what I try to bring to characters.” – Eugene Levy

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“If we reject science, we reject common man.” – Naguib Mahfouz

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“In the modern-day world, where time is premium and battle for subsistence is unimaginably tough, the hapless common man simply gives in and pays the bribe just to get on with life.” – Shaffi Mather

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“A common man, even like myself, I don’t know how to pay my taxes.” – Kid Rock

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“My inspiration comes from the common man and nature.” – Kailash Kher

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“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” – Confucius  

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“I was a common man, and I will always remain a common man. No amount of stardom will ever consume my soul. Money comes, money goes. Fame comes, fame goes. I believe every human being is a celebrity in their own right.” – A. R. Rahman

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“The worst affected man from corruption is the common man.” – Kailash Kher

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“We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.” – Jose Ortega Gasset

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“I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.” –  John Wooden

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“The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of.” – Gilbert Murray

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