So you have reached the age of 18, Congratulations! You just got the power to decide the new leadership in a country where the majority people are youths. You are among the other million first-time voters that India will see at the upcoming 2014 elections. With elections looming over the head, The Hindu gives a stage to manna Hyderabadis to express their thoughts.
In a democratic country like India people are vested with the right to vote and to elect a new leader. Yet, some youth are in delusion to vote, while others are excited about their first time. Aditya Tan, who turned 20 recently excitedly says, “I am voting for the first time and I am excited about it. The idea of electing a leader of my choice who is suitable for the post gives me a sense of pride.”
With the current scenario of division of our state and political instability in the country, people are scared about the future. “With the current unrest in the state and the country, voting is out of option” expresses Rizwan, a biker from the city. Talking about the mammoth amount of money spent during the elections by these politicians for election campaign, Manikanta, an engineering student from Vikas Engineering College tells, “I am sceptical about voting as political leaders are of no good, they spend crores and crores of money on election campaign instead of utilizing it to fulfil their promises made in the past elections.”
“Youth whine about the current stature of the political system that seems to be plausibly deteriorating because in the country has gone in the hands of the dogs. They tend to forget the paramount rule of the world — if you don’t vote, you can’t complain” shares Hussain, a filmmaker from the city.
For a country where women play a vital role, contribute about 49% voters. Are they going to vote? Guess what, these youth are adamant about the power vested to them by the Election Commission of India and feel that in a bid to be a responsible citizen they have a right to vote. Aasma Bhaidani, a psychology student form St. Francis College of Women tells, “I am definitely going to vote as it is the right and responsibility of every citizen. People should not vote at the cost of electing a leader but should realize their civic responsibility.”
On contrary to the excited voters, there are people who feel voting is a waste of time. Sai Durga, a media student from Andhra Loyola College says, “I think voting is a waste of time as the system is corrupted.There is no value of me wasting my time and money going to a centre and vote.” Few youngsters are sceptic about the candidates but are still going to vote for the sake of fulfilling their responsibility. Adil Mistry, a 21 year old working at Amazon and a keen political observer feels, “I am going to vote even though I don’t like any of the candidates as it is my right.” Many youth including me are going to vote, are you? Jai Hind!