Veteran cartoonist, columnist and political activist Rajinder Puri passed away on 15 February 2015 in New Delhi following a brief illness. He was 80.
Rajinder Puri was famously known for his cartoons that critiqued and assessed political events through amazing perception. He was associated with various newspapers including The Hindustan Times and The Statesman as a cartoonist and writer.
Recently, his column appeared in Outlook magazine.
• Initially, Rajinder Puri drew cartoons for international daily The Statesman in 1956-57. Later he drew cartoons briefly for international newspapers like The Guardian and The Glasgow Herald (1958–59).
• Later, he was associated with Hindustan Times from 1959 to 1967. From 1972 to 1977, he was the editor and proprietor of Stir Weekly.
• Rajinder Puri authored many books which includes India 1969: a crisis of conscience (1971), India the wasted years: 1969-1975 (1975), Government that works and how! (1989), Recovery of India (1992), Bull’s Eye (2004).
• Rajinder Puri moved into politics in 1977 when he was General Secretary of the then Janata Party. Later he became the founder General Secretary of Lok Dal. Since 1988, he has not been attached to any political party.
• He was born on 20 September 1934 in Karachi (in undivided India) which is now in Pakistan.