Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of eminent cartoonist RK Laxman, who died in Pune at his home aged 94 on Monday morning, coinciding with the 66th Republic Day.
“India will miss you RK Laxman. We are grateful to you for adding the much needed humour in our lives and always bringing smiles on our faces.
My condolences to the family and countless well-wishers of a legend whose demise leaves a major void in our lives. RIP RK Laxman”, the Prime Minister said.
The creator of the iconic “The Common Man”, died in a private hospital on Monday evening after a brief illness, his family said. Laxman, brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha.
Laxman was renowned for his cartoon creation, which ran for several decades in The Times of India under the name “You Said It”. Hardly a day passed for the country’s intellectuals and newspaper readers without reading his cartoon for over 70 years.
He had been admitted to a private hospital around 10 days ago for a urinary tract infection and lung problems, where he breathed his last at 6.10 p.m, Srinivas told IANS.
As there was no improvement in his condition, he was shifted to the Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune and put on a ventilator last Sunday (Jan 18).
Laxman had suffered multiple organs failure, but responded well to the treatment. Three days later, he was removed off the ventilator and shifted to the intensive care unit.
“He was first admitted to a hospital nearby Jan 16, but his condition showed no improvement. Later, we moved him to Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital where he showed a miraculous recovery,” Srinivas told IANS.
He added that Laxman’s 89-year old wife Kamala took the news of her husband’s demise stoically.
“The past 10 days have been extremely unnerving… the uncertainties of his health was a concern for the entire family,” he said.
The date and venue of Laxman’s funeral will be announced later.