5 Good Reasons Why Indian Youth Should Voteby Shivanand Hulyalkar Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress
In India, there is a democratic system of governance in place. That is, a government elected by the citizens of the nation. With India going to the polls in 2019, a staggering number of 133 million young adults will get to cast their vote for the first time. The number of young men who are likely to vote for the first time in 2019 is higher than the population of Britain.
However, it is still too early to say how many of them will actually get their index finger inked. For it is one thing to be an eligible voter, another thing to be a proud voter. The Indian Constitution guarantees every Indian citizen above the age of 18 the right to vote. This is indeed a privilege as unlike many countries across the globe, we have ample scope to choose the party and candidates we would like to see as our leaders. When the youth exercise their right to elect the government, they are actually exerting the power that lies in their hands.
1. One Vote Can Make a Difference-
If young men and women consider it unimportant to vote, it just shows a lack of regard for the state of governance in the country. Today, the youth tend to have an “I-don’t-care” attitude when it comes to politics. They are more likely to go with the flow and are not so vehemently assertive, unlike their parents or grandparents. It should be remembered that every drop makes an ocean. Even a single vote has the power to turn the tables and put the opposition in power.
2. One Vote Can Bring in Positive Change-
It is the duty of every Indian citizen to keep himself abreast of the positive and negative changes happening in his country. When s/he is aware of whether the promises made by the government are being fulfilled or not, he is in a better position to distinguish incompetent representatives and a non-performing government. By voting for the right party, the youth can usher in growth and development for the country.
3. No Vote, No Troll-
Rights and duties go hand in hand. When one doesn’t rightfully vote, it is his duty to stay away from liking and sharing the trolls and memes being posted on social media. You really don’t deserve to criticise or praise the government when you haven’t influenced the political process. The youth ought to always stay true to their conscience.
4. Democracy vs Dictatorship-
It is being seen that certain countries are adopting a dictatorship form of governance, transitioning to the times of the World Wars. To safeguard our democratic system of government, it is imperative that the youth start actively participating in Indian politics. By not exercising their franchise, the youth would put the Indian democratic system of governance into jeopardy.
‘None of the Above’ or NOTA is a ballot option in EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) introduced recently by the Indian government. If the voter is unsure of whom to vote for or is pessimistic enough not to vote for any candidate, he can choose this option. With the ballot system in place, complete secrecy is maintained. NOTA ensures that a voter is at least a participant in the voting process.
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