In his message, the President has said, I am extremely saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri R.K. Laxman.
I feel personal loss because I was both an avid follower and subject of his cartoons. India will miss the genius who made the common man into a national icon. He conveyed important social messages using humour as a tool and reminded the public that people in authority are fallible and human.
Honoured by the Government with a Padma Vibhushan, Shri Laxman was a conscience keeper to the nation through his cartoons. His death leaves a void in the world of creativity and social commentary which will be difficult to fill.