While we all want India to be a vibrant and prosperous country, what is our contribution towards achieving it?
I am sure many of us are involved in social activities to bring a change but how seriously do we consider exercising a franchise right to be a “sacred” citizen responsibility? Yes, to me, it is more sacred than lighting the lamp in the temple in the evening. In Ms Zinta’s words, this is more important than lighting candles in different protest marches. Mrs. Balan went one step further to mention that we need to have the mark on our fingers before raising it towards anyone else.
With so much activism on the part of election commission and celebrities to motivate people to go out to vote, Bangalore South and Mumbai turned out to be the two duds while almost all other states, union territories have shown huge improvements in voter turnout. Why?
In the context, it is worthwhile to mention that Bangalore South – the IT capital of India and Mumbai – the financial capital of India are the home of most educated and elitist people of India.
I am appalled to fathom the reasons for so much apathy from this subset of population towards participating in the democratic process. For the case of Bangalore South, few flimsy reasons – voter list not updated and worse, that the date coincided with long weekend, look too inconsequential to me for justifying low voter turnout. This, despite the repeated requests from the media, that ‘V’ stands for vote and not for Vacation.
In this context, I would like to share few statistical data in relation to this 16th Parliament election.
- · Electorate of 81.5 core (0.8 Billion) is 4 times the next largest-US with 21.9 crore as of 2012 presidential poll.
- · It is bigger than the next 5 added together- US, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia and Bangladesh @74.9 crore
- · Highest number of first time voters – estimated @15 crore (0.15 billion).
- · Highest spend – pegged at Rs 30,000 crore or USD 5 Billion – all time high against all democracies in the world.
- · The transgender community will vote for Lok Sabha for the first time-registered with 28,341 numbers.
- · Electorate has male- female ratio @52.3%:47.6%
At the cost of being repetitive and after the 6 phases of altogether 9 phases got over today, I am using this platform to make another fervent plea to go out to vote for you and motivate others to do the same in the remaining 3 phases in case your constituencies are still not covered yet.
The dismissive thought of “one vote not being exercised won’t matter” at the individual level is creating a big crack for the country cumulatively as a whole. We, the educated lot, for sure, need to be giving a good healthy competition to our friends from other parts of the country for India to shine and be vibrant.