G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Did Madhukar Sarpotdar Hear the Verdict?

More than 16 years after the alleged act, Mr. Madhukar Sarpotdar was sentenced to 1 year in jail on July 9, 2008.

His case proved once again: good cartoons never fade away, they just re-connect.


Old Lady: “Had you written a leader in 1982? He has come with an arrest warrant. For doing the writing that provoked people’s passions…”

Artist: वसंत सरवटे (1993) "सरवोत्तम सरवटे" संपादक: अवधूत परळकर, लोकवाङ्मय गृह 2008

Vasant Sarwate "The Best of Sarwate" editor: Avadhoot Paralkar, Lokvangmay Gruh 2008

3 comments:

Chetan said...

Sorry about extracting an inference from a post that was referring to an entirely different context. However, I don't see how you could defend this post in the light of the cartoon you used to point the delays in securing justice in India.

You didn't reply to the comment I posted there. However, sometime before that post you had published a post suggesting that Sant Ramdas' contributions were being unfairly denigrated for casteist reasons. Some time after that post you have written glowingly about Mahatma Phule's literary contributions.

As you might be well aware Mahatma Phule was instrumental in denigrating Ramdas' contributions. It was he who suggested that Ramdas might have been responsible for keeping Shivaji away from a Shudra saint like Tukaram. It was again Phule who in order to further his political agenda, which I think was necessary during the time of Brahmin hegemony, tried to whitewash the contributions of Dadoji Kondadev by writing in his powadas something to the tune of a fish does not need a coach (guru) for swimming. Given that Phule did all this with a blatantly partisan and mischievous agenda, I don't understand how you can write about Phule glowingly (and I assume defend his freedom of speech to write about Brahmins the way he preferred to) and yet castigate Hussian, who for all of Durga Bhagwat's mischaracterisations has actually studied the epics that he has supposedly denigrated for furthering an agenda which is purportedly no different in context than the one furthered by Phule.

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

I have not read what you say but it's likely that Phule said all that.

And may be he was right.

He was great and so too was Samarth Ramdas. Maharashtra is blessed to have leaders like them in the past. What is good about Marathi culture is thanks to giants like them.

V K Rajwade lambasted Marathi saints but it does not reduce importance of either him or the saints. Read Vinoba's book on the subject.

Great men are not right about every-thing, every-time.

For me MFH has not read even basic Ramayana. And he just is a mischief monger.

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