It’s election time in India. The world is watching with a baited breath.
How many of us vote in elections? It’s a responsible time for the nation and its citizens. It’s our exam time in terms of how well we select our ruler. It’s the politicians’ exam time in terms of how well they perform in elections. The rest of the test follows…
Voting – a responsibility
All of us need to vote to avail of the duty, right and privilege bestowed upon us. I went in the morning with my family to cast my vote and came back with a voting dot on my finger. You don’t have to divulge your choice to anybody but I told my friends and family to vote for my favorite party! A lot of the parties come campaigning with speeches, gifts, trivia and pamphlets full of slogans requesting votes. That’s the only time they seem to be and are in the ‘take’ side. Otherwise they are in the ‘give’ position. After getting elected, the ministers have the full right, duty and privilege to do something for the society.
Voting : after-effects
The percentage of voting determines the full breadth of our voters. In India, it varies from 10-90% depending on the State! If a large percent turns up for voting, then it means that the people are more enthusiastic about whom to give a chance to rule them and who not to. They are more vocal in their opinions while exercising the right. Government declares a partial day off for enabling us to go and cast our vote at the designated polling station. A lot of us avail of the time for voting, many ignore and some convert it into a full day off and go for an outing. The lower the number of voters on the day of election, the less representative the ruling becomes for us. The politicians who do not deserve or deserve less emerge as winners. In most cases, the less-detested ones become winners but not the most preferred ones. To prevent such a plight of affairs, we got the option of ‘None of the above’ so that we don’t have to compromise our vote among the existing pool of politicians if we do not like any.
Counting: the end-result
Now that the counting is on, the wait-and-watch period is coming to close for both politicians and people. Will it be a stable government with an absolute majority or will it be a coalition?