I voted this morning! This is the first time I have cast my ballot – even though I have been eligible twice before.
During LS 2004, I ran from pillar to post to get my name of the voters' list but to no avail. During Karnataka assembly polls in 2008; I was solely to blame for not voting. I had taken a vacation after a very long time and did not want to “waste”my vacation by staying back in Bangalore! A (very) stupid excuse, I now realize in hindsight.
So what exactly am I feeling now, after having pressed the blue button?
Relief, that I have performed my duty and that my responsibility ends here?
Elation, for I can now crib about anything and everything, without pricking my conscience; since I have now earned the right to crib?
NO and NO.
I am feeling excited; for having taken the first concrete step towards being a responsible citizen. Of course, I believe that the other steps (blogging, creating awareness) etc do matter – but casting my vote is the first active step (the operative phrase being “active”).
I am feeling eager – in anticipation of all that I have to look forward to in the coming years.
I am feeling confident, that we the youth can turn around the state of affairs on its head in the next decade by participating whole-heartedly in administration and governance.
Cheers to that thought. Hoping for an India cleansed of its political garbage. JAI HIND.
As an afterthought, how does one decide who to vote for? Obviously, it depends on the situation. Here's how I took the decision:
First, check if any of the alternative parties are contesting in my constituency. If so, analyze them and choose the best among them.
If there are no candidates from any of the “new-age parties”, then do a thorough study of all the candidates who are contesting (including the Independents) – their history, whether there are any criminal cases against them, their assets, their manifesto. If I find any of them satisfactory, I zero in on that candidate.
If they are all the same (read “useless”), then do the next best thing – vote for the candidate from that party which I think is the better among the worst.
I know what you're thinking – what did I choose finally? I'm not telling – its a secret ballot remember :D. I'm not even disclosing how many steps I had to step through in the above process before I arrived at a conclusion ;)