Mukherjee at a function organized to pay homage to cartoonist late Shri
P.K.S. Kutty at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (October 29, 2012) said that
the job of a cartoonist is to convey important social messages by using
humour as a tool. The President said laughter is a stress buster for the
public as well as the politician. The cartoon reminds the public that
the ruler is as fallible and human as they are, he said. Cartoonists
hold up the mirror to our public life and help us as a nation to see
ourselves. He stated that we, as a country, must return to the Nehruvian
times; cultivate a temper which welcomes criticism, where comment is
free but facts are held sacred.
Remembering late Shri Kutty, the President said as a person from Kerala,
who lived in Delhi and drew cartoons for Bengali newspapers (even though
he spoke no Bengali), Shri Kutty was a quintessential Indian. His life
and works were not limited by linguistic or State boundaries. The
President called upon the cartoonist fraternity of India to keep Shri
Kutty’s memory alive by excelling in their chosen craft.
On the occasion, a coffee table book having a collection of cartoons
‘Cartoon Pranam’ was presented to the President of India. He also viewed
an exhibition of cartoons and caricatures.
Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi, the Chief
Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy, the Minister of Culture,
Information and Public Relations, Government of Kerala, Shri KC Joseph
and eminent cartoonists from across the country participated in the