The Elements of Democracy India

What’s In A (Political Party) Symbol?

Political party symbols in India are everywhere – on bumper stickers, street lights, wall murals. You would recognise BJP’s lotus and Congress’ hand anywhere. That’s because when it’s election day, it’s these symbols we see on the ballots, not the party names.

Even though these symbols are so important, the way they are allotted and regulated by the Election Commission of India is a little random and outdated. Does India need to reform this system? Election reform is an integral political debate that props up before every national election. And no matter how organised our election processes are, India does need some major reforms to iron out voting corruption

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