Elections. Whose choice is it?

“Why vote you say? The youth make up a majority of our billion plus population, but how many of us vote? We complain about bad roads, corrupt politicians and unfair reservations, but what are WE doing about it? The first step to resolve theseΒ  issues is to vote.” – This is what jaagore.com says.

These statements by jaagore.com sounded lame to me! 😑 Haven’t we been voting for many years now? Is not corruption still rampant? Unfair reservations keep sifting out deserving candidates everywhere! And bad roads…well, gone today (when elections loom ahead); back tomorrow (when somebody gets the throne!). So, is voting the ultimate solution to these problems? Bah! I don’t think so.

Again, is voting a right or a duty? Nowhere does it say in our constitution that voting is a duty; it’s a right. That gives one the freedom to (or not to) abstain from it. Most people seem to think that voting is a duty, and if not followed, can lead to legal issues! Such people need to be informed that voting is a right, not an obligation/duty. They should do it after logical reasoning — and not emotional thinking: like succumbing to petty attractions (like an offers of money/property/job)!

Now, irrespective of it being a right or a duty, how much choice does a voter get? In an election where none of the candidates represent the voter or his interests, what should the voter do? Is there an option of voting for “None”? No!Β  So, the ideal/moral thing to do would be not to vote. If you ask me, in such a case, by not voting, I’m declaring that I do not find any of the candidates acceptable. 😐

They say the Rule 49-O allows this. The rule says: If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

Now, the ballot paper / voting machine has only a list of candidate names. So one who wishes to make use of this Rule will have to inform the presiding officer at the election both — so where is the secrecy!? And taking into account the number of goondas who loiter around in the area, one can only imagine what safety one would have if such a thing is informed! So, that ‘option’ becomes a joke! πŸ˜•

The e-mail doing the rounds — claiming that if the ’49-O’ votes more than those of the winning candidate, then that poll will be canceled and will have to be re-polled, and that the contestants will be banned and cannot contest the re-polling for their life time — is apparently a hoax! πŸ™„ Personally I feel a rule like this would mean a lot of national waste: considering the amount of public funds spent to conduct an election!

And what makes a person eligible to be a candidate? Why, even the post of a “stenographer” requires some minimum qualifications for a person to get that job. But any Tom, Dick and Harry can get into politics — and then lead the nation!vote-for-nobody I don’t say all leaders should be MBA graduates, but the least one can expect are candidates who have a ‘clean’ portfolio! Is that asking too much!? Along with the right to vote, people should be given the right to demand certain “minimum qualifications” of the contesting candidate!

Apparently, it’s the responsibility of eligible voters to enroll the names of eligible contestants. So, if people hate all the politicians, who is to blame for the state of affairs? The politicians or the citizens ? But for quite a few years, have the young voters had a choice, really? I mean, politics has become a family business mostly…and everyone knows who’ll contest for the next 10 years! (OK, I’m exaggerating; but even if a new comer contests, people now seem to have no faith. They still go on voting for ‘those who’ve been in the business for a while’ now.) What I mean to say is…the ‘chance’ to enroll new contestants at the grassroots level seems to be a distant dream!

Hehe…we seem to need a fresh start! Like.. lay offs in politics! Send all the existing ones home — with a nominal pension, of course! — and start afresh with younger, competent people. Who? Well, I don’t know! 😳

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting“, said Charles Bukowski.

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I agree with him. I will not vote! πŸ˜€

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Now that you know what I think, let me know what you think! Tell! Tell! Tell! πŸ˜€

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16 thoughts on “Elections. Whose choice is it?

  1. This is the first time I am gonna vote … Though voting is mentioned a “right” in the constitution , it is considered as a “duty” among the people …

    Will try to find the bad among the worse πŸ˜‰ …

  2. What you have written is totally in sync with how I feel about the issue.
    But I have also noticed that I somehow tend to feel guilty/less-patriotic whenever I say that voting is not going to help India…Probably I feel guilty because I dont really have any practical suggestion of what would help India or how or who should man the parlimentary system…
    Anyways,the end point in my case is that I am not planning to come down to India JUST FOR SAKE OF VOTING !!

  3. All I want is that I must know about the candidates for whom I am going to vote. What is their educational background, criminal records and what have they done for India in the past.
    Even when we keep a servant in our house, we try to find out as much as possible about him and when we vote, we just see the party symbol irrespective of who is the person we are voting for. Can there be anything more dumber?

  4. Shying away from voting won’t help. We need to scrutinize everyone and decide based on their records.. I will be voting for the first time (thanks to Jaago Re)

    And the mail that talks of 49-O will have re-polling is indeed a hoax. Moreover, one has to inform the officer before opting for such option hence violating the law of secrecy of ur ballot.

    Nopes, you are not exaggerating when you say it has become family business. It’s happening. Sons, Daughters, Sons/Daughters-in-laws and even grand-children of current politicians… everyone has a chance of running for elections than us.

  5. @harsh
    Have fun! Good luck! πŸ˜€

    @Angeldips
    πŸ˜† …exactly what i meant when i said “people think it’s an obligation…a duty…a feeling having instilled from schooldays! bah!
    Don’t come over. You should be voting there at home, to decide which is more tangy — mangoes or tamarind! πŸ˜›

    @Amit
    Spot on! But guess we only get to choose the one with the lesser ‘violence streak’ :D!

    @Vimmuuu
    Yes, eskatly and preciselt. korangante kayyil poomaalayum kodukkaruthu πŸ˜•

    @Alice
    Welcome to AlphabetWorld! πŸ™‚
    I’ll keep writing more things you can agree with me on…so keep visiting! πŸ˜‰

    @Rashmi
    This has started sounding like i’m doing a DO NOT VOTE campaign here… πŸ˜€
    I’m not,I’m not! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @Vee
    Shying away definitely wont help…so, in your scrutiny, what if (when) no one emerges clean? That was my question.
    Yea…a new contestant stands thin chances! 😐

  6. as far as i m concerned, elections are nothing but a massive waste of huge amounts of money esp in these times of slowing economy, knowing that the results are going to be almost same, may b even more waste of money and a doom of indian working population, since neither congress nor bjp is going to help the job markets improve in any way. but oh well, what can anyone do about it when the people in power are themselves, the so called ‘elected ones’??

  7. I will vote.
    I know that there are no worthy candidates to what for.
    I know I may not be the one to get into the system to change it.
    I know it would have been better if there was a thing called negative voting.
    I know, that by voting I am being morally wrong by selecting the wrong candidate for ruling me.
    But that is the very point. May be this will help me realise that I should finally be the part of system to change it.
    May be I will be better off in the long run, by feeling guilty today.
    May be the cost of doing nothing is much more than cost of doing something.
    So I will vote. I will select the unworthiest of candidates. And I will feel guilty.

  8. ;P Family goonda business that is what politics in India has become.. I guess the system should have smething called population vs voted people check..realize where they stand and do smething about it. AWnd even if you dont vote..your name/id is somehow used by someone else to do that fake voting!

  9. @AV
    Agree with you totally!

    @purplebeats
    I’m not even trying!

    @Vee
    OK. Did. In queue for the next one πŸ˜‰

    @Dev
    Happy guilt-ing! πŸ˜€

    @verbivore
    bah! at least my conscience is clear! πŸ™‚

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