Maharashtra to set up memorial for R K Laxman

Maharashtra to set up memorial for R K Laxman

On a day when eminent cartoonist and caricaturist R K Laxman was accorded a state funeral in Pune, the Maharashtra government announced setting up of a befitting memorial in honour of the legendary creator of the “Common Man”.

In Mumbai, several people visited the Worli Seaface, where the statue of the ‘Common Man’ is a prominent feature, garlanded it as a mark of respect towards Laxman. Representing the Centre, Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar laid a wreath. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also laid a wreath.

Laxman (94) passed away on Monday at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune of multi-organ failure. The last rites were performed at the Vaikunth Crematorium in Pune.

“The government plans to build a memorial to inspire future generations…  Laxman’s cartoons often acted as ‘Lakshman Rekha’ for politicians,” state Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose late father and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray was a colleague while working at “The Free Press Journal”, and his cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, who is himself a cartoonist and caricaturist, paid floral tributes.

Prior to the funeral, the body was kept at the Symbiosis Institute in Pune to enable the veteran cartoonist’s countless fans and admirers to pay their last respects.
 

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