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MTV Youth Times

The Vote

The Vote 

 

Voting is a fundamental right, and even more important in a country where corruption is something that haunts the newspapers every day. We found out, after speaking with the youth, that they are becoming increasingly apathetic.  No doubt that they recognize that is their responsibility, but there numerous constraints that make voting difficult. Here is what they had to say:

“The system is all not efficient at all – if I apply for an election card it will take me ages and I don’t know when it will arrive. Anyway, with most of the parties being so corrupt, I don’t know who to vote for.’

“I don’t know enough about politics to make a good decision.”

 “The big problem is that I live and work in Mumbai, but can only vote in Calcutta because that is where my voter card is registered to. I really do want to vote, but even if I take the day off to go to Calcutta, I just don’t have 10,000 rupees lying around to take a flight there and back. I wish it were easier though, because I feel guilty complaining when I don’t vote.”

Do we expect to see change? Maybe. They certainly want to vote, so it looks like a good measure of education about both our political parties, as well as our voting systems, might just get them more involved.