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‘State's politics a cartoonist's delight'

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Cartoonists are the unofficial, unelected opposition party members: Hegde

Visual document: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde releasing a compilation by cartoonist P. Mahamud (left) in Bangalore on Thursday. Managing trustee of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists V.G. Narendra is seen. — Photo: K. Gopinathan
Visual document: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde releasing a compilation by cartoonist P. Mahamud (left) in Bangalore on Thursday. Managing trustee of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists V.G. Narendra is seen. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

“Karnataka, with its present political situation loaded with corruption and scams must surely be a cartoonist's delight,” Lokayukta Santosh Hegde said as he launched Vyangya (V)chitra Sankalana, a compilation by cartoonist P. Mahamud here on Thursday. “Cartoonists are the unofficial, unelected and relentless opposition party members. A cartoon is a simple, yet deeply effective medium to voice the concerns of the people,” Mr. Hegde added.

Vyangya (V)chitra Sankalana is a collection of some of Mr. Mahamud's popular cartoons published over the last five years in leading dailies and magazines across the State.

Mr. Mahamud has been a cartoonist for the last 25 years and has contributed to several publications. This book has been published by Chintana Pustaka.

“It is an experimental one-of its-kind book published in Karnataka where compilations of cartoons are rarely brought out,” said Vasanth Raj, Director of Chintana Pustaka publications.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mahamud said the book is a visual document that has captured the condition of the government and people down the years.

V.G. Narendra, managing trustee of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, spoke on the significance of political cartoons.

Shashidhar Bhat from Samaya TV channel, film director B. Suresh, prominent cartoonists Prakash Shetty, S.V. Padmanabh and Vasanth Hosabettu were present.

Mr. Shetty sketched a caricature of Mr. Hegde on the spot and presented it to him. Mr. Mahamud also presented Mr. Hegde with a caricature depicting the challenges faced by the Lokayukta.

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