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Drawing Out His Best

Political cartooning wasn't his forte, but Dar made a virtue of that evil

Drawing Out His Best
Drawing Out His Best
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WHEN Indian political cartoonists are discussed, Sudhir Dar's name usually figures in the list of the first half-dozen. Expectedly so. For over two decades Dar worked as the political staff cartoonist of Hindustan Times, the largest-selling newspaper in north India.

It may sound strange, but I have always considered Dar to be a victim of Indian media's prevalent system. Till recently, media in India was heavily political. A sure sign of an underdeveloped society. The most important slots in Indian newspapers were reserved for dull, pompous, boring journalists pontificating on dull, pompous, boring subjects. This killed natural talent in the profession. For instance, to keep up with the Joneses, a genius among crime reporters would cheerfully become a mediocre special correspondent dealing with handouts from government departments. That would be the only way he could increase his salary.

Dar was never by inclination a political cartoonist. He is not a political animal. His attitude to politics is somewhat akin to what I imagine would have been the...

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