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Sunday, March 29, 2020

E P Unny

Chief political cartoonists with The Indian Express.

This Asterix moment: The world that came alive in the lines of Albert Uderzo speaks to us today
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Asterix and Obelix are no conquerors. They resist conquests. They would have coped with today’s lockdown more than the footloose Tintin and Captain Haddock, who would have sworn his head off.

The Sudhir Dar cartoon neither screamed nor lost poise
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Dar Saab reduced the day’s news to an everyday situation and located it firmly in the capital’s backdrop, giving the reader multiple prompts to relate to the content.

The Kerala connection: EP Unny decodes the state’s strong bond with political cartoons
Sun, Oct 20, 2019

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
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

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
Wed, May 15, 2019

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
Tue, Apr 23, 2019

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
Sun, Apr 14, 2019

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
Fri, Apr 12, 2019

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
Sun, Apr 14, 2019

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
Tue, Apr 02, 2019

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
Fri, Oct 26, 2018

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
Thu, Aug 09, 2018

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
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

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

Subversion on the Sands
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

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

Cartoon-Mukt Tamil Nadu?
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

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
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

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
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

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
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

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

Coast to coast: Travelling through the poll-bound southern states
Sun, May 08, 2016

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

Hint of a secret in Kalaignar’s largely set script
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

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