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Prime Minster Modi releases coffee table book 'Timeless Laxman'
Prime Minster Narendra Modi during his visit to Maharastra to lay the foundation stone for Thane Metro, released the coffee table book "Timeless Laxman", based on the legendary cartoonist RK Laxman, stated an official release.

Terming the book a case study of the socio-political history of last four to five decades that throws light on the life and little known facets of the cartoonist expressed his happiness on the fact that 'an insight into the vast treasure of Laxman's work is now available in this way'.

He remarked that studying Laxman's work through the decades is a nice way to understand sociology, and the socio-economic milieu of the times. This effort is not just for Laxman, or his memory, the Prime Minister said, adding  that a small part of Laxman, lives within crores of people, added the release.

Mentioning about changed process of Padma awards to include the common man, the Prime Minister said that Laxman's common man was timeless and pan-Indian with whom all Indians, and all generations of people could identify.

Old generation still remembers the iconic character of 'The Common Man' with subtle wit into the ticklish process of Indian democracy, governance, society and politics.

As we know, RK Laxman (1921–2015) was India's most famous cartoonist, illustrator, and humourist who had created the most loved 'Common Man' for his daily cartoon strip. Later, his cartoons under the caption 'You Said It' in the Times of India became the most viewed and loved by the readers. He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan award by the Government of India in 2005.

He had a great sense of humour and at one occasion he had said, "Frankly, our politics is so sad that if I had not been a cartoonist, I would have committed suicide." Another punch line of his had been, "I am grateful to our politicians. They have not taken care of the country, but me."

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