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No photos of living people on banners in public places

It refers to the welcome order dated October 24 by Madras High Court banning photos of living personalities on banners, flex-boards, signboards etc. The order should be adopted by central government with even further stricter norms for complete country. It has become a fashion to flatter political leaders by putting posters, banners, hoardings etc wishing on their birthdays. This is apart from their god-like glorification for poll and political purposes resulting in defacing of walls through such useless unproductive means. Such glorification of living personalities should be altogether banned throughout the country.

Public-funds are spent rather wasted on glorification of political rulers through costly government-advertisements, which is not proper. Even Supreme Court had to modify its order to allow photos of Chief Ministers and ministers in government-advertisements only because original Supreme Court order permitted use of photos of Prime Minister in government-advertisements. Best is to ban photos of all living personalities including even of Prime Minister in government-advertisements.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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