Being a young girl of 21, I admit that I took little pursuit of politics and matters pertaining to national importance until now. Zoom attracted me more that Aajtak, latest fashion trends and planet bollywood was more of a priority than the elections but since 1 year I have been witnessing a change in my persona. I have started to see, care, feel and even argue about the society. I have been nurturing within myself a hope of reform and a realization that as an educated youth of India, I owe a duty towards it.
Since 21 years, I have enjoyed all the rights and freedom that this great democracy offers its citizens. I have been a part of this cultural heritage but never quite thought of the reasons for the decline of this great nation. Through my writings, I hope to instill within myself as well as millions of Indian youngsters like me, a feeling of positivity and responsibility towards this land where we have framed our personalities.
A democracy like India, being the largest in the world always looks forward to a political party or a coalition of many parties for the end of all the problems plaguing it, at the time of elections.
From schools, we start learning that caste system is an evil and it is indeed a termite that has eaten away our unity and created an abyss between us. India is a secular country, but today this statement is only limited to a piece of paper. In reality, We, the people of India are struggling to pull each other down, we are fighting among ourselves only for one reason – caste differences, but what we all forget is that above all, we are all Indians and are all alike.
I will not be moving towards the chasm that has been created between us because we are all very well aware of that but often, we do forget that all this causes
India to fall in this chasm. Elections are just round the corner, and all the political organizations have submitted their candidatures, a clear analysis of which has shocking results. So many organizations have offered election tickets to known criminals who have serious crimes charged against them like murder, kidnapping, loot and even sexual abuse.
The Indian constitution says : Innocent until proven guilty. Accepted but if we look deeply into the matter, our jails house 4 lac criminals on an average, out of which atleast 15% have not been proved guilty but they are behind the bars and 4 of their fundamental rights are denied. Here’s the pun, the known bahubalis earn tickets to contest elections very easily. They, themselves submit affidavits which is an evidence of the crimes and trials against them and yet are allowed to contest elections. The law plunderers are made the law makers!! Such is the plight of this country.
Now, the question arises why do we, the voters, who desperately want a change, vote for these criminals and hand over a seat to them which they misuse for worsening our situation?
The answer lies within ourselves.
1). We are guided by our castes. Even today, after so many years of independence, when our country has witnessed so much progress, this monster of castism still resides in our hearts and does not allow us to seek reason in our choices. When it comes to voting, 90% of the Indians, who have already accepted that each and every politician is a cheat, feels that they should vote for a cheat who belong to their castes and here’s the greatest flaw of our citizenry who do not even want to investigate for a right candidate and such a weakness is made use of by the organizations and we, ourselves place these criminals in the parliament.
2). Yet another reason for such bahubalis to gain power is that voters are lured by a petty amount of money. Mindlessly, the voters think of a virtual benefit for themselves. These felons buy the voters by offering them money, but don’t you feel that for once, there is a need to cogitate about the source of this money that is showered by them. They plunder the county and bestow their black money on us. It’s like looting an ocean and offering a small bucket of water.
The money that they offer is the price that they bid for our precious votes. This does not do any good. Neither societal, nor, any personal gain is accomplished.
Voting is our fundamental right and we should empathize that our vote can make a difference to our country. We are the educated youth of this nation and this is our duty to take active participation in the politics of our own country.
We are so well accustomed with Facebook and whenever we receive a friend request, we make sure to go through every detail of the sender’s profile to decide whether the sender should be provided access to us or no. If we can be so active and responsible at a social networking site then why not for our country? Why can’t we go through the entire political manifesto of the candidates contesting elections from our constituency, and discuss about their works and contributions and then make a wise decision to caste our vote.
The day the citizenry feels responsible and seeks beyond castism and petty monetary pleasures for the golden future of the res publica, the corruption, the exploitation, the larceny will cease by itself and we will live in a new India, the India of our dreams.
“If we need a change,
we need to be the change.”