Today’s question has been sent in by Bavneet. His question is in tune with the approaching Delhi elections. I am going to put his question as is and then move on to what I have to say. Here’s what he asks:
“Considering the voting that is to take place soon, I would want you to discuss – What all to consider before deciding whom to vote for. I don’t want people’s opinion on who to vote for but I am more interested in the debate about what parameters do people consider before deciding. A few days I heard on a news channel, some stats on how many percent of people decide who to vote for on the basis of:
- CM Candidate
- The candidate standing from your constituency
- The issues party supports
Now, I would like you to state your opinion and ask some intelligent questions”.
My Answer: Well, intelligent questions I don’t have any right now but apart from my opinion, one thought I have that may or may not be considered intelligent. First the opinion. I think no matter what we say, the most important factor is trust. Ultimately, whom you give your vote depends on whom you want to put your trust in. That is governed by these other factors like who is the candidate, the issues party supports etc. The problem with trust is that it has a lot to do with emotions and we all know that parties easily bank upon that. So, we have to make sure that our trust is based on the right things and not governed by emotions. As for myself, before the Lok Sabha elections, the one factor that made me trust a party/candidate was how much they focus on development, even more than corruption, but when the election mayhem began during that time, another factor became important – the fact that a dictator is never good for a leader, and unfortunately, this is kind of becoming true, we see that the current ruling party and their associates are trying to force their ideologies and faiths on the entire nation. However, bitter it may sound, I still would want to focus on the development part because I really feel that once half-naked kids stop begging outside malls, the rest of the things will fall into place. For me, our biggest problem is poverty or, in other words, income disparity. So, even though, I have issues with many of the governing principles of the ruling party, my trust was based on the hope that they had given for development. So, my answer for Bavneet’s question is that in the present scenario, my most important factor is who promises growth and development.
Now coming to the thought that I had, I think a lot of BS goes around when people start believing in a party whole-heartedly. People feel that everything that party does is angelic and what the other party does is devilish. A lot of people are commenting on how BJP is trying to earn votes solely by mud-slinging on AAP and not doing anything else. Another set of people think that AAP just wants power, they will become the same once they come to power. What I don’t understand is how people forget that all these parties are composed of humans. Of course, most people are power-hungry, of course, most people feel threatened when their rival gets popular and they try to bring them down through dirty politics. And the smirk people give when talking about the scams that the previous party did, I can safely say that if some of these people got a chance to earn fast money, they would grab it just the same way! My point is that humans tend to governed by greed and lust, which is obviously not a good thing, but don’t make these the only criterion to decide, the people we are voting for are just as humans as us and we should focus more on what concrete they can deliver.
Pheww! Now it’s your turn. Also, I do not have a very strong opinion about politics yet, let’s just say that I am opening my eyes towards it gradually. So, if there’s anything that you find ignorant, you should let me know. 🙂
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