Elections in four states came to a close and people braved the rain and participated in the democratic process. The young and the first time voters came in droves and made themselves part of the democratic process. Chennai as an exception had a low voter turn out. Chennaiites who had voted made their anger evident by criticizing the people who hadn’t voted. It was suggested that, people who don’t vote can’t criticize the government, it was inferred that things will never change if people don’t come out and vote and many more. In the light of there are few questions which is worth pondering
1.) Does larger voter turn out mean anything at all?
2.) Is free and fair elections a benchmark to measure democracy?
Let us look into both the questions
Does larger voter turn out mean anything at all?
A large turnout for elections is celebrated and a low turnout often branded as a disappointing affair. People largely blame the political class for the misfortunes of India. There is not party which people have unanimously endorsed as someone who are worth ruling. So the answer to the question is a few more questions.
Does low turn out favor a candidate with poor track record to win?
Does large turnout for elections guarantee a good candidate being selected? Given the fact that in every state it is largely a bi-partisan contest, with both the parties facing the ire of people one way or the other. A larger voter turnout could at best define the margin of losses or victory for the candidates.
Even if answers to this lead to the conclusion that large voter turn out is good, the question remains, do people who have not voted deserve the ire of the people who have voted? Isn’t Democracy about giving voice to the voiceless even if it means its a self inflicted choice?
People not coming out in large numbers is itself a statement made. Either the people have decided their vote does not or hasn’t made a difference that they found other work of their more important than voting. The debate is open here, we will love to know from our readers, what large voter turnout means to you? Is it being given way too much importance?
Is free and fair election a benchmark for measuring how Democratic a country is?
In the Index of democracy, few years back Singapore was not considered as a Democracy, today it has been categorized as a flawed Democracy, yet they conduct elections which are largely considered as fair. Bangladesh and Pakistan also conduct elections yet they are categorized a flawed Democracy or hybrid regime. Elections are a necessary condition but not a sufficient one for a Democracy. Free Media, Independent Judiciary, Responsive legislature, supremacy of the Constitution, establishment of rule of law and many others make a Democracy.
Voting is a good step 1 for Democracy, after voting, it is people’ responsibility to keep their elected representatives on their toes for keeping up their promises. The debate is open we are looking forward for people to share their opinions on the above mentioned
It’s so easy to say, “Follow your heart” or “Follow your dreams” but when one actually tries to take that leap of liberty, the society reinforces its shackles. In myriad ways, the age-old traditions come to stop the dreams of the youth. This is more manifest in the case of girls and women. However, passion can’t be contained and restrained for long.
This is the story of Roshni Misbah. Breaking stereotypes, she aspires to be a professional racer. Her journey has been tough, to say the least. Consider this, a hijab-wearing woman riding a sports bike with panache on the Indian roads amid stares, taunts and jeers.
The parents at home know too that society will be unkind and hesitant to accept someone who is flouting the age-old norms. Perhaps, this is why the parents resort to worry and scoldings. However, if the fire of liberty has been lit inside an individual, then it’s only a matter of time before they will rise like a phoenix, gloriously new-born from the ashes.
Roshni has covered over 15,000 km riding more than 60 bikes. She shares, “The sight of a girl on a sports bike deeply dents egos of some men and the taunts start.” It’s not easy to follow one’s dream if there are self-proclaimed proprietors of ‘decency’ at every nook and corner. Yet, Roshni stands tall.
It’s not easy to stand up to your parents and then face the issues they warned you about from society. Is it not right to follow one’s dreams and one’s own heart? If people do not break stereotypes, then all the potential for achievement and innovation will die unfulfilled. If doing something does not break a law, then what gives the right to anyone to comment and object to it?
This is the 21st century. Till when we will allow ourselves to be controlled by the whims and desires of those whose opinions deserve no merit or consideration. If this is not the right time for talented and courageous women to take a stand, then when will that time come.
“When I will walk, you will stare. When I will lose, you will laugh at me, taunt me. But, at the speed of 234 km/h, I wouldn’t hear all this,” says an undaunted Roshni. It’s time we show our support to their leap of liberty and as a society, we come together and say #ChalBadhChal.
The Logical Indian commends the passion and spirit of Roshni Misbah and appreciates Leap 7X by Liberty Shoes for bringing up this story.