I woke up today to a report in The Hindu on the voter turnout in subsequent elections since our independence. As the report shows the highest turnout ever recorded is 62% and the polling percentage in last two parliament elections were 58%.
Let me sum up why I think we should really bother to go to the polling booth perhaps a kilometer away from our home and make our voice heard.
- If not this, what is the most beautiful thing about democracy. We select who govern us.
- We are pride of our freedom struggle but forget to fulfill the most important responsibility our constitutional forefathers bestowed on us.
- Its a fact that in the outgoing Loksabha, only one in five MPs enjoy the confidence of even 25% of the people he represents. Make sure your MP do really represent you. Its not an office to be occupied by luck but by confidence of people.
- Don’t ever give the feeling to the political parties that election verdicts can be manipulated by playing vote bank politics. High polling percentage is the only sustainable solution to this greatest menace of Indian democracy.
- Whoever you are, a student or a house wife or an IT professional, accept the reality that you are under a government and its policies are affecting you on a day to day basis. That’s enough reason for any Indian to come out and make our voice heard.
- The future and prosperity of our country don’t depend on nothing more other than your will. Your will is best expressed through votes.
- My one vote.. How does it matter? “Palathulli peruvellam”
- Many complain that they don’t find a suitable candidate. Remember that you have an option in this election to reject the candidates on the list (NOTA) and indirectly tell the political parties that they have failed to even poster a candidate acceptable for you. It will act as a reminder to be more responsible in future. But make sure you choose this option out of utmost conviction and not out of mere passion. Democracy evolves through peoples voice and so make it heard.
- If you don’t vote , you loose the moral right to complain. If you don’t bother to wait a few minutes outside a polling booth with your fellow citizens and access the minimal right (as well as duty) of voting, what else have you done to rectify the system.
Think twice or thrice about whom to vote for. But never think even once whether I should really vote. Its nothing less than a sin.
Celebrate the polling day. Press your voice. Get that blued acknowledgment on your finger. And smile out of pride..