Why Voting is Important in India

The Voice of Every Individual

A country with a population of 1.25 billion people is no joke and handling this huge
population is no easy task. But remember, this population contains a rich diversity of masses who  have a different vision of leading a good life. While peace is usually maintained between two or more communities, communal clashes have occurred in the past. Not only peace but the governing body should also take care of finance,development, welfare, resource management etc. The beauty of democracy allows us to choose our government but we are not forced do so. But each individual should go and ink their finger for the sole purpose of choosing his/her own authority over him

The Rich VS Poor

It is often seen that the financially backward societies participate more enthusiastically in any form of elections, and not only that but the majority of voters belong to this society. One may wonder why this happens. In simple words,  the affluent society don’t care about the governing body, but when it comes to complaining about the authority, the wealthy are the first one to point it out. The elite class who very well know about the political parties and the internal system still think that voting is below their dignity or it is vulgar. On the other hand, the poverty-stricken vote because they expect a change from the government for their people.

One such example is the constituency of Colaba (considered to be the homes of the one of the most affluent people in Bombay) had a voters turnout of around 37% in the 2009 State elections however it rose by 10% in the 2014 elections because of the social media awareness of voting. On the other hand, Dharavi (Asia’s largest slum) recorded 63% votes in the 2014 State elections.

Why should I vote? Everyone is corrupt or a criminal

One may agree with the fact that the Indian political system may not be a clean one but we should not rely upon this kind of thinking as it has certain negative traits, because if a large section of the population do not vote then the elected MP or MLA will be not be chosen by the majority of the people as very few people have voted. This elected candidate might be corrupt or inexperienced in the field of politics and there maybe a possibility of stagnant development in that particular constituency because of the lack of knowledge possessed by the candidate. Ultimately it won’t be the candidate who will suffer but the people of that constituency.

There may be a possibility that all or most of the political parties in an individual constituency have charges of corruption or some other crime. One good way to tackle this problem is to choose best of the worst, this means that one should vote for the least corrupt candidate or political party. Even if this political party would win with a clear majority it would have a track record of maintaining its reputation. This will, at least have one political party with clear majority which is way better than having a coalition government formed after the election as this creates lot of internal clashes within the ruling parties.

Recent Elections

It is great to see that the recent elections held in the state of Bihar had one of the best voting turnout with around 57% of the registered voters voting. Not only this, but the 2014 Lok Sabha election had an average voting turnout of 66.38% vote which is considered to be the highest ever in the history of general elections. Being said that, it is great that people of this country come together and vote for its ministry. Voting is our constitutional right and it is up to us how much we make use of this right. So let us come forward and vote for our government to ensure the development of the State and our country.

Soham Joshi