‘A Cartoonist Should Be An Observer And Not A Political Activist’


Jaipur, 10 August, 2018 — There is a line political cartoonists should not cross and editorial satirists are observers and not activists, said Keshav, the cartoonist for the Hindu newspaper, at a journalism conclave in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Friday.

The panel arranged by Talk Journalism, an annual event in the pink city that brings together some of the top names in journalism.

“There was a time when the newspapers were there as a service for public, but now it has become a beneficiary for advertisers and the nature and medium of cartoons is changing with time,” Abhishekh Tiwari, Assistant Editor with Rajasthan Patrika, who was also on the panel, being moderated by cartoonist Manjul, the winner of the Maya Kamath memorial award, said.


Talk Journalism 2018 kicked off to a good start with an inaugural session attended by Avinash Kalla, the founder of the event, Aqeel Khan, the co-founder, and senior journalist Ayaz Memon among others.

“With freedom comes responsibility. We must see is it going to hurt somebody,” Keshav, who is also a painter, said. He said, “A cartoonist should also work on the positive aspects rather than focussing on the negative aspects.”

Desk: Rupali Soni (copy edit), Anu Sonia Ashok (photo), Jyoti Mamnani (editorial coordination)

Text:  Rucha Kanolkar and Mayank Meliwar | Copy edit: Rupali Soni | Photo: Rucha Kanolkar | Photo desk: Anu Sonia |Editorial coordination: Jyoti Mamnani

This report was filed during Live Newsroom workshop conducted by Institute of Integrated Digital Journalism and Mass Communication (IIDJM) at Talk Journalism 2018.