Picturing India: Nation, Development and the Common Man

  title={Picturing India: Nation, Development and the Common Man},
  author={R. G. Khanduri},
  journal={Visual Anthropology},
  pages={303 - 323}
  • R. G. Khanduri
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Visual Anthropology
  • This article explores the popular Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman's daily newspaper “pocket cartoon” as a visual narrative of the modern nation, and a space to think through the place of corruption in democratic politics. In his cartoons the figures of the politician and the ordinary citizen, as well as the trope of air travel, picture a nation where the anomalies of a developmental agenda are evident every day. Despite this gloomy image, newspaper readers celebrate Laxman's cartoons, eagerly… CONTINUE READING
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