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Your vote is your voice in the government. You’ve your own views and understanding about the issues that concern you at local and domestic level, and also about India’s position globally. It’s through your vote only that you’re actually telling the elected lawmakers as to how you feel about education, public safety, social security, health care, and other important issues concerning the nation.
In elections, numbers are important and decide who would rule. When you vote, you generally don’t vote alone, other eligible members of your family also vote. It even becomes sort of a community affair. That’s how your single vote really makes a difference. On the contrary, if you don’t vote for the person, party or the policies that you believe in, it’s likely that the result is quite different from even the popular perceived opinion.
Children are the future of a nation. There are a number of issues concerning the children like early health, schooling and education policies for their overall development. Their safety both at home and outside is another major issue. Children, even at the orphanages have a right to all these too. You must vote for your children because they can’t. Your vote will help shape their future.
If you look at it electorally, you’ll find that the smallest unit of our country is Ward. This Ward is your own small community, your surrounding…your immediate neighborhood. Each Ward is represented by an elected member. You also must have noticed that while one such neighborhood has better amenities and public infrastructure the other one lacks it completely. What is the difference – the will and the vision of the elected member. And, what is the reason – Voting. When we don’t vote, undeserving candidates win and we lose the chance to bring in the change.
Your vote has tremendous power. It can bring to the power the leaders who would use the power to govern for the purpose of service and not for the self. If you choose not to vote, then you also choose to defer the development and the change you want till the next elections. At times, you may also want to retain the change you brought in through your vote in order to give time to the policies and processes to take roots and yield the desired results. In simple words, to make that change effective – Vote.
India as a nation has seen many sacrifices, both before as well as after the independence. Those who laid down their lives had no personal ambitions or aspirations except that they wanted India to be strong, secure and self-reliant. Even after so many decades of independence, one can see so many regions in the country, where there are elements who do not want you to vote – be it through force or freebees. Because, even if it is under the influence of freebees, your vote does not reflect your free-will. For the sake of history as well as the future, and to make your present better – Vote.
When the voting percentage is low, whosoever wins the election, knows that he/she does not represent the masses. This can give the elected member a feeling of being relaxed from the pressure of performance and the duty of deliverance, which might have been there if the voting were heavy. In such a scenario he’ll become active only when the next elections are due. While the legislator enjoyed the full term with possible long-term benefits from the tenure, you lost your chance on progress, development and improving quality of your as well as your fellow citizens’ life.
Our country is ‘developing’, yet many challenges remain to be a ‘developed’ one. Its pluralistic character in various terms – social, economic & cultural, makes it unique. Its fast paced development is not possible till the time all its people – whether from rural or urban, educated or uneducated, rich or poor – come forward & actively and collectively participate in the process in order to be benefitted equally. And, the first step in that direction is to VOTE, as governance taking into consideration any one section while ignoring the other(s), cannot bring an overall growth. So, to develop the nation of your dreams, Do your Duty – Vote.
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