Who Cares About Politics?

I was going to do something about my political and voter apathy, but then I realized I didn’t give a shit…

Yes, I don’t vote…I tried to register myself once, but those idiotic governmentwallahs made my life miserable…And why don’t I vote? Because I don’t want to be held accountable for those idiotic bums we call leaders…Imagine if I had voted for Congress MP Shantaram Naik – ugh! (Please read the link if you want to know why he makes me want to puke)

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33 thoughts on “Who Cares About Politics?

  1. When I first heard I thought … or I didn’t think anybody could actually dare to say something so foolish, seeing the noise that was made after Sheila Dixit’s comment in the past. But we have such samples that they put us off the entire system…

    Me: Not just beliefs such as these that put me off the system but also the entire political class…The majority of politicians get into this ‘business’ for money and power…It’s very demoralizing…

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  2. There is a famous quote – “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote”
    But nowadays there is no good official to vote for!! So its understandable if people like you and me do not want to vote.

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  3. Swami Vivekananda: It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you are not understanding it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

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    Me: I don’t want to throw the burden on myself as I don’t see anything beautiful in our politicians…No matter how beautiful I think the world is, there will always be ugliness…I’m pragmatic and don’t live in an imaginary world although I wish I did…My beautiful thoughts won’t change things…I can’t see anything beautiful in rapists, terrorists or murderers no matter how hard I try…Sorry, I’m not a great person and this is how I feel…

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    • If you are fixated on the evil, you will see more of the same. yad bhaavam tad bhavati. That is the idea. Let there be some positive, some variety in our posts, our comments and our thoughts.

      Me: Who are you? Just wondering since all your comments refer to the spiritual…

      I agree with you that one should try to see the positive side of everything but sometimes there are no positives no matter how hard you look…

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  4. But people like us should care, Bones. That’s the only way things might change some day. We can’t live without hope. The crappier our political class gets, the greater is the need for us to suppress our revulsion and try to change things. We don’t need to get directly involved. Even a forum such as this can make a constructive contribution by pointing out the flaws and pushing for reform.

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  5. Oh, and yes. The fact that you write about politics fairly frequently shows that, at some level, you do care. At least a little bit. You’re troubled that things are going wrong. Your disgust wouldn’t be so intense if you didn’t care.

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  6. I can understand your sentiments, Bones. I too am quite disheartened…it seems like a losing battle and I think that most people in this country are willing to be fooled by the political class.

    @Nita: I do not think the negative vote provision exists in the present scenario….section 49-O of the Representation of the People Act needs to be amended to incoprprate a “None of the Above” button on the EVM. Currently, a voter has to submit in writing that she does not want to vote for any of the candidates, and has to sign, or use her thumb impression, to confirm that decision – that violates the secrecy of the ballot. In any case, even if people decide to use this option in the present form, it is to no effect, because a “winner” will still be declared from amongst the list of candidates, based on the number of ‘regular’ votes polled. It is, as you say, only a way of expressing anger. But unfortunately, it does not change a thing.

    Me: I agree with you, QI…The negative vote means nothing…

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  7. Quirky, it exists everywhere. It’s in our constitution. The fact is that most booths do not have the provison. Quoting from an Indian Express article:
    “As per section 49-O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger inked and convey to the presiding officer that he or she doesn’t want to cast a vote in any candidate’s favour.”
    It was widely reported in the press here that in Mumbai one gentleman went to his voting booth and demanded the no-vote option. They say there isn’t anything like that. He made a fuss, approached the authorities and in fact spend more than half a day running around but finally he got his no-vote. This is worth emulating and admiring.
    In Pune too there have been cases:
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/No-vote-option-finds-takers/articleshow/5121780.cms
    “Wagh’s friend, Monica Shinde, a 19-year-old collegian, was almost coaxed by the polling booth agents to not to enter the NOTA choice in the register. “She is a first-time voter and chose not to vote because she was upset with the kind of candidates on the list. But, despite being coaxed not to cast a NOTA, she did so confidently. She felt bad about not being able to fully exercise her voting right for the first time,” says Wagh.
    In fact you can do it anywhere in the country. The option is not there in the machines unfortunately. It has to be entered in a register and the officials enter it in a register specially kept for the purpose.

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  8. @Nita: Yes, it exists, but as I said, it violates the secrecy of the ballot, since the person who chooses to exercise this option has to identify himself and confirm the decision in writing. And, it does nothing towards influencing the election results. It is equivalent to not voting.

    There has been a recommendation to incorporate the “None of the Above” button on the EVM, but nothing has come of it. Even if that is done, unless the “None of the Above” option is considered during the counting – meaning that if the majority of voters choose this option, none of the other candidates wins – it will continue being a toothless and ineffective provision.

    Me: Also, I think there should be a minimum percentage of votes a candidate requires to win…Even with the so called negative vote, a person could win with say 15% if the others have got less than that…There should be a minimum percentage and if nobody gets that then there should be a re-polling with only the top 2 candidates allowed to stand…

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  9. @Nita: Sorry, it seems today is my day for forgetting to complete my chain of thought. I wanted to add that it is also wrong to call it a ‘negative vote’, because it is not considered a vote at all. It can only be called a vote – negative or otherwise – if it is a factor in the result. Which it is not.

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  10. Merry Christmas Sraboney 🙂
    ((hugs))) and nah! dont believe you 🙂 you and give up hope in the system?? 🙂
    not possible 🙂

    PS:- is that your lil daughter in the pic I see everywhere?:)
    what an adorable darling! 🙂
    ((hugs)) for her 🙂

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  11. I’ve voted only once in my life, and they lost. I believe (like you), nobody is worth it, And even if we take the trouble to vote them OUT, they will still win, because the entire thing is a sham.

    Happy Nuu Year, btw 🙂

    Me: Thank you and same to you!

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