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 varying visions 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. However, we are not forced to do so. But each individual should go and ink their finger for the sole purpose of choosing the people who we wish to give authority and the responsibility of the country.

The Rich VS Poor

It is often seen that 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 doesn’t care about the governing body, but when it comes to complaining about the authority, the wealthy are the first to point it out. The elite class who knows about the political parties and the internal system still thinks voting is below their dignity or consider it vulgar. On the other hand, the poverty-stricken vote because they expect a change from the government for themselves and their people.

One such example is the constituency of Colaba (considered to be the homes of 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 awareness that they spread through social media platforms. 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 that the Indian political system may not be a clean one, but we should not rely upon such thinking as it has certain negative outcomes. If a large section of the population does not vote then, the elected MP or MLA will not be chosen by most people as very few people have voted. This elected candidate might be corrupt or inexperienced in politics, and there may be 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 other crime. One good way to tackle this problem is to choose the best of the worst, which means that one should vote for the least corrupt candidate or political party. Even if this political party won with a clear majority, it would have a track record of maintaining its reputation. This will have one political party with a clear majority which is way better than having a coalition government formed after the election. This creates a 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 turnouts, with around 57% of the registered voters voting. Not only this, but the 2014 Lok Sabha election had an average voter turnout of 66.38% vote, which is considered to be the highest ever in the history of general elections. It is great that the people of this country come together and vote for its ministry. Voting is our constitutional right, and it is up to us and how much we use this right. So let us come forward and vote for our government to ensure the development of the State and our country.