Now Art show says ‘No criminals in parliament’

April 10th, 2009 - 8:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Not just a medium of expression, an art exhibition organised in the capital is giving out a clear message to the public - don’t vote for criminals these elections.
With paintings such as ‘The Truth’ - depicting a smirking Ravana wearing a Nehru cap, and one showing a number of wires coming out of the head of a faceless person and titled ‘Confused’, the exhibition, which is taking place at the Polka Art Gallery, will be on till April 15.

The title of the exhibition is “Jai Ho - No Criminals in Parliament”.

Aarti Singh, the curator of the exhibition, said: “This is an independent initiative by the art gallery in an an attempt of social responsibility to try and wipe off criminalisation of politics. Vishal Joshi and Ravi Shankar - the two artists - have highlighted the critical political scenario through their paintings, cartoons and installations.”

“The Indian democracy has granted the citizens the right to choose their political representatives and it is our responsibility to choose them right. Political parties should refrain from giving tickets to candidates with criminal antecedents and we appeal to the voters not to vote for any candidate with a criminal background,” she added.

As an example of criminalisation in politics, a survey by a body of NGOs has revealed that as many as 34 candidates from various parties in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh have criminal records.

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