E P Unny

Chief political cartoonists with The Indian Express.

Articles By E P Unny

The Kerala connection: EP Unny decodes the state’s strong bond with political cartoons

As the Malayalam cartoon turns 100 this month, a look back at its glorious culture of standing up to power, with tongue firmly in cheek

Aspect ratio

A critical look at independent India’s early political cartooning reveals casteism, and BR Ambedkar is always the shortest man in the frame

At wit’s end: When the cartoon is turned into a target, democracy becomes a joke

Morphing done with graphic software like Adobe Photoshop, is part of the current practice of cartooning the world over today. It is no more offensive than the hand-done caricaturing by the conventional practitioner.

Amid portable votes and a new challenger, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan campaigns for two elections

Forget the metaphor, the magnitude is real. It is a battle for national relevance and no less a prequel to Kerala’s assembly election in 2021. If there is anything worse than the electoral mood swing between two neat fronts, there is a third within spoiling distance - the BJP.

In this Tamil Nadu seat, the fight is also over Jaya’s legacy

The buzz in Mettu Neerathan village is that the whole state is watching Theni for signs. Once the voters here show the way, Jaya loyalists statewide would sense it, swing in sync and the winner would take all.

In Sivaganga, father, son and a confident challenger

Armed with cellphones, these party men are focused on immediate rival AIADMK, which they think is in terminal decline, hastened by T T V Dhinakaran, who, on his part, is expected to helpfully split the Jaya legacy vote.

Lok Sabha polls: All are welcome to the big fight as Kanimozhi fights the doctor

Kanimozhi, poet, journalist and two-term member of Rajya Sabha, is in a keen contest against Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan.

In Tamil Nadu’s starless wars, a sun and assorted satellites

The mother of all alliances this time is the motherless AIADMK’s. Minus Jayalalithaa, who projected herself as PM in the 2014 elections, the ruling AIADMK is seen by critics as BJP’s satellite.

My friend Ayyappa

The Sabarimala legend fires a child’s imagination — it has adventure, spectacle, mystery and magic. The current controversy threatens the bond between the hill god and the child.

Far from Marina, in the rain, paying homage to Kalaignar

Kalaignar is no mere son of the soil. World Tamil leader is how he is described by the few posters you see with some text. The emphasis is on language that flows, not terrain that binds.

Editor Who Saw The Future

As the country, and journalism, changed, TVR Shenoy never seemed overtaken

Subversion on the Sands

At a fishing settlement in Chennai, an annual festival continues to bring together an unusual range of art forms.

Cartoon-Mukt Tamil Nadu?

Politicians know the power of the visual. Hence, the arrest of cartoonist Bala

At protests on Kerala border, hear T-word (Tamil) on every lip

Political parties are desperately photoshopping the bull image into hoardings, only to invite measured vandalism.

Balamuralikrishna: The musician who proved himself a bit too early in life

Despite Chennai’s ostracisation, Balamuralikrishna appeared teasingly in sarkari promos as the sole representative of classical music from the south

Nabarangpur, a Pattachitra: Many dichotomies of India’s poorest district

There are schools now but no 'masters'; few jobs but many gods.

Coast to coast: Travelling through the poll-bound southern states

Some election! Coast to coast, not one confident player.

Hint of a secret in Kalaignar’s largely set script

On his 13th contest to the assembly, Kalaignar Karunanidhi delivers a speech measured even in its excess with enough elements to evoke.

Kerala: Where Coke dreams went out with a fizz, only the voter remembers

More than a soft drink, Coke meant jobs and a good life to this backward farming belt where the soft drink major set up a bottling plant in 2002. In just four years career dreams were gone with the fizz.

Kerala assembly elections: Far away from Nitish’s Bihar, BJP isn’t the common rival to unite against

In two Kerala seats, Congress and Left contestants assess politics, religion and BJP’s spoiler value