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Cartoonist sketches poor state of college, gets KSHRC's attention

  • Manimala and his son was let down by the deplorable condition of the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum.
  • Manimala was appalled to see the students using drugs publically.
  • Manimala and his son returned to Kottayam and dropped plans to join the college.
Cartoons are worth a thousand words or more
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For an artist, the best way to express himself would be through his creations. When Gopal Manimala, an experienced artist saw the poor condition of one of the prestigious institution in the capital, the College of Fine Arts, he didn't have to think twice about how to bring it to the notice of authorities.

All Manimala needed was a pencil and paper, and his grievance to the Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) was ready in no time.

It all started when Manimala accompanied his son to the college. Manimala was proud that his son was getting admission to one of the oldest colleges in the capital, but the father-son duo saw that the abode of arts that had nurtured several talented artists had turned to a drug den and the washrooms were badly maintained. 

Disappointed Manimala and his son dropped all plans to join the college and returned to their home in Kottayam. The boy sought admission at another college near Pathanamthitta. But Manimala wanted to convey the deplorable condition of the college, and it's students to KSHRC.


Though he wrote a letter to the Commission not satisfied it,  he decided to draw a cartoon and send it to KSHRC and interestingly, the Commission  responded positively and started proceedings considering the seriousness of the problems raised in the cartoon complaint.

The SHRC has asked Manimala to submit a detailed complaint at the sitting to be held at Kottayam on 19 October. 


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