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Keshav Shankar Pillai: The man behind 'Ambedkar-Nehru cartoon'

Dailybhaskar.com   |  May 12, 2012, 10:18AM IST

New Delhi: The NCERT (National Council Of Educational Research And Training) school textbook cartoon of Dr BR Ambedkar  and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru which created a furore in parliament was sketched by renowned cartoonist Keshav Shankar Pillai, popularly known as Shankar. 


Shankar sketched the said cartoon in the 1950s while the Constitution of India was being framed.


Shankar (31 July 1902-26 December 1989) was  born in Kayamkulam, Kerala, considered as the father of political cartooning in India, founded the publishing house, Children's Book Trust, in 1957.


He made number of cartoons for newspapers and magazine, in addition with his magazine, Shankar’s Weekly.


The government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 1956, Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan in 1976. In his honour, the Government of India released two postal stamps 1991.


He is remembered for setting up Children's Book Trust established in 1957 and Shankar's International Dolls Museum in 1965.


Shankar's wife name was Thankam. He had two sons and three daughters. He also published an autobiographical work, 'Life with my Grandfather', 1953.


Noteworthy, the said cartoon shows Ambedkar seated on a snail with 'Constitution' written on it and Jawaharlal Nehru, whipping the snail with crowd in the background.



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