Reading the voter lists of Nagaland I found many relative names prefixed with ‘Lt.’, a standard abbreviation for lieutenant, a rank in armed forces of many countries. We also have ranks like lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general, lieutenant commander, flight lieutenant, second lieutenant, etc. Having been a lieutenant in the Navy, I felt happy to see many such people in the rolls.
Out of curiosity I counted the number of such entries in a voter list and found that Dimapur constituency of Nagaland has 121 of 741 entries with Lt. as prefix. Then it dawned on me – Lt. in the electoral rolls means ‘Late’ to indicate that the person is dead. Prefixing salutation, decoration, or status to the names is not permitted in the electoral rolls as per EC guidelines. I strongly object to prefixing Lt. to indicate that someone is dead!