Graffiti, icons

Not every picture a minister hangs on her office walls makes an electoral statement.

Not every picture a minister hangs on her office walls makes an electoral statement. Some of those pictures are so intricately tied to our idea of ourselves — individually and collectively — that we don’t think twice about them. It appears, therefore, that the Election Commission is picking the wrong fights on the eve of the Lok Sabha polls. It might be assumed that constraints of time and the engagement of its officials otherwise would preclude the possibility of the EC sneaking a peek at who or what hangs behind the heads of public servants in Government offices across this vast country. And even if a directive is issued thereof, what objection can there be to Rabindranath Tagore or Subhas Chandra Bose? For one, the political — in a wholly electoral sense — import of these names is zero; let alone that they are dead men.

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