K.P.Sasi: A Tribute-Loss of a dear, brave friend

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Today (25 December 2022) came to know about the sad demise of my dear and close friend K.P.Sasi. I came across this creative brilliant person when I was working for my book, ‘Communalism: Illustrated Primer’. I had long chats with him on the issue of communalism. He himself was very concerned about this issue and readily agreed to draw for the book. And what a remarkable work! His cartoon, ‘skeletons talking to each other and asking their religions’ will never be forgotten. On another instance his cartoon on beauty pageant, with one of the contestant being Miss Poverty will leave its imprint on the type of work which he did in such a committed, dedicated and compassionate manner. And there are number of them which need to be re-circulated.

His film making is another great contribution. His brief film America, should be a must watch for all those who are concerned about the damage Imperialism has inflicted on the world.

Further I also worked with him closely in National Solidarity Forum for over one and half decade. He doggedly pursued the Kandhamal issue for last many years and kept us on toes to keep fighting for Human rights of victims of the violence.

Have not seen his other films but whatever little I have seen; his films, cartoons and writings are outstanding. His work will be an inspiration for us all to pursue the struggle for Human rights with deep understanding and commitment.

It is an irreparable loss for all of us working for democratic rights and trying to preserve humane values in society.

I am grieved personally.

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Dr Ram Puniyani

Dr Ram Puniyani was a professor in biomedical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and took voluntary retirement in December 2004 to work full time for communal harmony in India. Email: [email protected]

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