MONKEYS MOCK DEMOCRACY (1996)

MONKEYS MOCK DEMOCRACY

by Rahul Bedi
South China Morning Post
March 22, 1996

An Indian security agency has been assigned an unusual, though formidable, task — ridding the New Delhi Election Commission of monkeys whose maraudings have delayed preparations for next month’s elections.

Officials said the building at Kashmere Gate has been vandalised by monkeys who tore out electrical fittings and damaged furniture.

“We are apprehensive they might damage valuable election material like electoral rolls, ballot papers, ink and stamps,” said an official.

The security agency, meanwhile, is considering using special stun-guns to immobilise, trap and relocate the monkeys.

Monkeys are holy for India’s majority Hindu community, which associates them with Hanuman, the mythical monkey-god. One of the biggest Hanuman temples is next to the Election Commission offices.

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