Rahul Ram, Indian Ocean band member
Voting is a great responsibility. Many a times, you agree with the party, but not the person. Or with the person and not with the party. So, this requires you to think hard, Tanya Ashreena explores.delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2009 01:44 IST
Personally, I feel it is very important to go out and vote, because then you participate in forming the government.
Many times, we are faced with governments we do not support or do not agree with. By voting, we can go against them, and policies we do not agree with.
Unless we vote, we have no moral right to criticise the government.
Voting is a great responsibility. Many a times, you agree with the party, but not the person. Or with the person and not with the party. So, this requires you to think hard.
As for me, Jagdish Tytler might come up in my constituency, and being a Sikh I do not agree with him. But I do not support the BJP either. This is where there is a conflict in my mind, that requires me to think.
I love the work Youth For Equality is doing by trying to bring about a ‘None of the Above’ option in voting ballots. In such cases, you really need one. Now, if you register yourself and do not vote, your vote is declared invalid, and that is not the way it should be.
Last time, I was around 28 when I voted. When I had gone to the polling booth, I’d found my vote had already been cast. I went to cast it again, but do not know which vote got counted.
There are people there who think the middle class does not vote, and they can get away with all these criminal activities. However, we must take a stand, and show them that our vote does count.”