Friday, April 24, 2009

Why should we VOTE?

Once again a hullabaloo that makes me go at end of my wits, here comes the election again; crooks are on sale, criminal’s are in race to become representatives of state and country. The great election drama, where apart from development and well being of society everything is discussed, right from giving hugs and kisses to fellow female contestant, to abusing particular community to propagate against English language, to call upon bollywood celebrity, who even lacks common general knowledge and all sort of antiques to get votes are in trend. Why can’t these so called highly intelligent politicians don’t understand we are not interested in this, what we want is development, security and sustained freedom for country. And, this is the reason many of my fellow voters are moving away from polling booth to Bollywood movie theatre or mini vacations. The essence of voting and importance of voting is just missing the bus by these politicians. In their illusion that politics is won by playing vote bank politics, development is thrown into the throes of anonymity, which, in fact is of prime importance for country’s youth. And hence “NO VOTING” is new mantra of young generation.

“NO VOTING”, is this new mantra, a solution to hard and serious question “Why should we vote?” along with “To whom to vote and for what?” these are real serious question asked by young voters to political fraternity across the board. Why should I vote for some who possessed ammunitions in disguise of protecting family, and that to sourcing guns from India’s top most wanted hardcore criminal. Should we vote for him only because of his two hit Hindi masala movies OR should we vote for some one who is against computers and English as a language OR those candidates who spread lies and distributes money to poor voters OR to a government who in disguise of secularism is winning elections and alliance on vote bank politics and dividing society OR some one who is so myopic in his vision to separate the community in process of branding oneself as protector of a particular community.
We have politicians disclosing their assets which run in crore, but their constituency or state is lagging behind development. We also have our railway minister, in role of a new Management guru who is said to have changed Indian railway system in matter of five years, but shouldn’t we go back and ask him that why in spite of his rule in his state for over one and half decade, the state is one of the worst progressed state, why state has not progressed despite having such a charismatic leader, that is if he is, or is it like he is not interested in development of his own state. Nearly 20% of candidates willing to represent us have criminal records and again all parties are equal in hiring criminals for elections.
What is seen today in politics is only mud slinging on each other, trying to prove that one party is less corrupt and inefficient than other, in a nutshell what is coming straight on face is, that every one is corrupt just that ratings are varying. So why should we vote for these politicians, when they are not concerned with my state / country’s development, they are not fit to represent me and also it is easier said than done to participate in political system and importantly what difference will 1 vote make when the system in itself is corrupt. Its like Hindi quote “mein is paapi ko saath nahi dena chahta, kyuki mein is paap ka bhagidaar nahi banna chahta”.

But even than my question still remains that despite all the above accusations and explanations, is the solution devised of “NO VOTING” a suitable and progressive one. Well to me “Avoiding is never a solution to any problem” and again by deciding not to vote we are actually voting for the same corrupt politician to get re-elected, whom we hate for his crimes and selfish and narrow attitude. Well I would just like to say, “VOTE”, and vote not just for the change but also to initiate the process of change. When the voting percentage will increase, it will also increase the vigil and so the accountability of the politician. To make the matter simple, lets take a scenario of one hypothetical constituency, where voting percentage is very low, the candidates conducts a political arithmetic, and he finds that educated people are not going to vote, so why to flatter this class with development or any positives, as nothing matters to them and on the other hand he can buy out few percentage of vote by distributing money, liquor and sarees. Hence the politician is only interested in making money by hook or crook to distribute among poor to collect votes and will not look after development at all, as development may drive away his vote bank and also create hurdle in his money making business.
When every one gives vote the vigil increases and politician is accountable to more people and also he cannot purchase all the votes hence he has to give back to society by way of development work to get re-elected.
It is completely agreed that by voting this time it is difficult to change the system or get the development in process, but to initiate the development, just vote even if it means to select a lesser criminal of the options but choose one and vote. Yes, we should vote the best and honest person but if there are no honest candidates as an option, then we should go for politician with lesser criminal record as only by increased voting we can fit the fear of incumbency in politician for future election and he will have to start working or else another politician will get chance.
It’s only in our hand to clean our present mess for beautiful future. As said “Always fight for yourself, as no one will fight for you” and that includes even your so called political representative. We have to stop being afraid and also refrain from passing the responsibility of choosing future for ourselves and our future generations. It looks so very easy to comment on a stupid politician’s speech or act, it becomes a talk over tea and debate session in office, but then what are WE doing apart from debate, are we putting these debates in practice by stopping that particular candidate to get re-elected? We plan out time to buy beers and sports lounge tickets in advance as voting day is dry day and holiday so that we can enjoy this holiday, however important day it is. We plan out vacations and watch cricket matches instead of selecting some one to govern us. Also because it is difficult for every one of us to get into system of politics, So VOTE TO INITIATE THE CHANGE, IF CHANGE is not seen right away.
What we are voting is not just for a candidate of constituency but we are voting for “HOPE”, a hope that if not today our tomorrow will be better and with more satisfying feeling that I had a part / role to play in deciding what is right for my country. GUESS WHAT, THIS SATISFACTORY FEELING OF AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY CAN BE AVAILED EVEN BY YOU AT A SMALL PRICE OF JUST ONE VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION WITH NO ADDITIONAL OR HIDDEN COST.

I can recollect a simple nursery story, which tells that a mouse ran over the body of sleeping lion. Well to me the moral of the story is “EVEN a mouse can harass and run over an unaware and sleeping lion”. So even if voters are the most important in democracy but if they are sleeping, these crooks can take us for a big ride.

Lastly want to mention the importance of one vote
In 1645, One Vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England
In 1648, One Vote decided the execution of Charles I
In 1776, One Vote gave America English instead of German as a language
In 1868, One Vote saved Andrew Jackson form Impeachment
In 1923, One Vote made Hitler the leader of Nazi Party
In 1998, Vajpayee Govt. was defeated by One Vote

Moral...every vote counts. Go out and Vote


  1. hey! you seem to be bk in form... it was seriously an inspiring read but i am somehow still lost on the "who to vote for front", i suppose choosing lesser of the 2 evils is what wud apply here.

    keep it up dude... waiting for more write-ups from the ruler :D

  2. @sudeepti
    1st of all thnx for d motivating comment
    well to answer ur doubt yes, choosing lesser of 2 evils applies for " who to vote" n also "why to vote subsequently, so as to instill fear in tht lesser criminal to b accountable as also wid increase voting, we can xpect honest person being fielded in future, do to start d process we hv to chose among the options available and cant wait for the right candidate at the start,,, they will surely come in future

  3. Jemin you are really a deep thinker... good read :) I would like to comment more as I have read the post and it's wonderful... but 'm lill exhausted will come back morrow with a deserving compliment.
    I'll definitely vote!
    I did last time as well. It's our responsibility towards our nation.

  4. Jaymin ur writing skills are good....keep up the work...who knows one day aap Booker prize hi le jaoge..

  5. Guruji is getting d nobel!!
    dat was a nice read...n i loved d 'imp of one vote' part, nice stats! n d examples were good too...i was one of d mice today, i voted (2n time, 1st fr lok sabha elections!)
    tk cre

  6. well written ...
    people think of voting as a right - they forget it is also a duty ...
    everytime one votes, one reaffirms one's belief in the State, the Constitution and the Republic..
    if there isn't a good candidate - vote for an independent, but vote ...

  7. well the problem is that when over years u see failure after failure in the form of your politicians you are bound to loose faith in the system. but i feel with india the problem is more than just the corrupt politician. i think we are a genetically corrupt nation. until we dun ask ourselves some serious questions on a moral and ethical level this country and its attitude wun change. the corrupt politician isnt there when be break the traffic signal. we shud first clean ourselves and when we r clean then we can come together and fight a larger cause.
    but yes voting i feel at times shudnt be a right it shud be a duty and u shud be forced to vote like they do in australia.

  8. "When every one gives vote the vigil increases...hence he has to give back to society by way of development work to get *re-elected*" (emphasis mine).

    Elections involve huge expenses (irrespective of whether those voting could be bribed or otherwise), hence, a person who'd have spent crores into simply getting elected, would first prioritize recovering that money and making sufficient profits so as to 'justify' his getting elected, and then think of getting re-elected. If he would have to sacrifice all the money 'invested' in election, what good would be getting re-elected? Seriously, who wants to enter politics without being able to recover the money they put in? This is where I find the analysis flawed - re-election is just an added extra bonus, the real thing is the money one can siphon off *while* one is enjoying one's elected tenure.

  9. Jemin sir, great post. And here are my thoughts on this.

    You have two candidates Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram both equally crooked and corrupt. They belong to different parties naam ke vaste, but that is is. Now when it comes to vote,there may not be much difference if you vote Aaya Ram or Gaya Rama, but consider this, say Aya Ram is the sitting candidate, he may not have done much, but when he knows that after 5 years, people will vote and throw him out, he might just be forced to do some work. Yeah ur just substituting Aya Ram with Gaya Ram, but end of day, both candidates can't take their place for granted.

    Now instead of Aya Ram and Gaya Ram, say there is a 3rd candidate in the fray Mr.X, who has had a good record, is believed to be clean, maybe a first timer, not belonging to any party. So here again by voting you have the choice to elect Mr.X as the candidate of your choice.

    Now if you don't turn up to vote, chances are that Aya Ram( or Gaya Ram), whoever is the sitting MLA, just begins to feel complacent, the feeling would be "Why should I do work, anyway ppl won't vote will not make much difference?". What is even worse, is non voting will hurt the genuine Mr.X, a person who needs every single vote he/she can, unlike Aaya Ram or Gaya Ram, they don't have a community that will vote en bloc for them, irrespective of what they do.

    -- Ratnakar