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."

Monday, May 05, 2014

Drawing Her Into This Battle!...Sudhir Tailang's Art

I have already said that Mr. Sudhir Tailang is arguably the best political cartoonist in India today.

Here is one more reason why.


Artist: Sudhir Tailang, The Asian Age. April 2014

Some background:

Mr. Modi has been called 'devil' by Ms. Banerjee...He has been also called 'Butcher of Gujarat' by her party...Sale of Ms. Banerjee's paintings has become controversial.

Now on to the cartoon:

In the picture,  Ms. Banerjee has produced a new painting featuring  Mr. Modi as devil. She does not forget to even pun on this act : "I'm drawing him into this battle!" Notice the exclamation mark, she WANTS the battle.

Now, what will Mr. Modi do? He too has to draw her. She wants  him to draw her as a cartoon. (Remember, how a university professor was arrested in West Bengal for emailing a cartoon caricaturing the chief minister)

And the moment Mr. Modi does it, she will go after him with IT ACT 66A!

This is the best political cartoon I have seen this election season. It made my week!

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