A place for me to speak-out. A chance for my soul to seek...
' Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue, the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet;
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams '
- William Butler Yeats
In madurai (Azhukkiri's den) its about Rs. 4000 \ Vote. I guess in chennai its about Rs.500 at some places...
Isn't that all we know about the value of a Vote. TOI as a part of its Lead India initiative telecasts an Ad campaign with the theme "Power Of One". Its high time ppl choose to vote rather than remaining passive and just uttering their curses on the politicians, the whole system, the infrastructure and THERE ARE PPL who complain just about everything without even bothering to raise their finger a little. They i guess are a serious threat to our democracy. (while even i have second thoughts about democracy being a social change driver, make some noise and be the change you wish to see.).
I feel like this has shifted to answer those few ppl. but only to tell you guyz that u ppl are too many. And thinking that you are different you have all grown alike. With those same hatred envying the grown-up's. Dont you understand that you ppl are not only spoiling yourself but the whole ppl surrounding you and which only intensifies the hatred amongst ourselves. And these i feel are the most corrupt, most opportunistic, self-opined and egoistic kinds who think of themselves as a genius but only to find that they are not. I know that being self-opined is not an issue as long as its constructive to the development of the self and the nation as a whole.
Now coming back to the subject, I guess Voting gives us the right to Complain. Before just sitting and complaining about the attrocities happening around you, raise your hand, Be counted and then make some noise and that will hold high the torch for others. There is no hiding the fact that we are deficient but we are not weak. we just need the drive for which we need the right people. Whoever stands as a candidate may not be the one. But the change will only come with time. The time that is in our hands. When the whole world is thriving and seeking the Change. Maybe its time we should change too. No more pep talks and blasphemys, its time to seek the change and choose to vote Now this applies to me as well.
I started this as a single line pretext but went on to rant an rave line by line. Sorry for that. For i know i should change too... but atleast im trying...
From: naraynans16 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 11:24 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [thinks naraynan do] valuable vote
Do you know your VOTE value?
Are you aware of Section 49(o) of the Peoples' Representation Act under the Constitution of INDIA?
This section is the real weapon in the hands of every INDIAN citizen, if he wishes to express his choice of NOT voting any of the contestents in a Polling Booth, if he thinks that the contestants are NOT competant.
This right is available to every electorate under our constitution, as per the amended 1969 Act, under section49(o), that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his fingerprint marked and convey to the presiding Election Officer that he doesn’t want to VOTE anyone in the voting screen!
YES such a feature is available, but obviously these provisions have never been disclosed to the electrate.
A) Under section 49(o) if the electorate deciding not to vote, can have his electrol roll number duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and have his signature or thumb impression put thereon as required under sud-rule (1) of rule 49L, in the event of deciding not to VOTE, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the electorate shall be obtained against such remark.
B) Why should you go to the polling booth and say " I VOTE NONE?” In a given constituency if a candidate wins, say by 123 VOTES and that particular constituency has received Negative votes under section 49(o) which are more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and re-poll has to be ordered.Not only that - but also that the candidature of the previous contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling once again, since electorate had already expressed their decision on them.
C) This would instill fear in the minds of the political parties and they would look for genuine candidates for their parties for the election. This would bring the necessary changes in our political system. Further, if this section 49(o) of the constitution is made public and gets Media Coverage, this will act as a deterant to all political parties from wrong choice of candidates.
D) Thus, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than VOTING… So don’t miss your chance!