Story – When Indira Gandhi wrote a letter to Cartoonist Shankar

K. Shankar Pillai better known as Shankar, was an Indian cartoonist. He is considered the father of political cartooning in India. He founded Shankar’s Weekly, India’s Punch in 1948. He closed down the magazine during the Emergency of 25 June 1975. Indira Gandhi in a letter to Shankar Pillai wrote, “I learnt a few days ago about your decision to stop Shankar’s Weekly…. it takes a great deal of strength of mind to close down what one has built through years of care and labour. You are the best judge. As you say, it is too much for one man even when that man is an institution. We shall miss the journal…”

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