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Newest must-haves on campuses: Voter IDs

The iPhone has made way for the voter ID as the latest fad in colleges, Kiran Wadhwa explores.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2009 02:19 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

The iPhone has made way for the voter ID as the latest fad in colleges.

Campuses, usually indifferent to governance, are waking up to the inkblot on the left index finger. Prodded by youth campaigns, 2,000 students from four South Mumbai colleges registered as voters over the past week, making it an average of 120 per day.

Karishma Shah (20) said she had no legitimate excuse to not register. “It was absurd apathy that I’m ashamed of. When I saw my friends and others talk about it, I decided to register,” said the third-year student of Jai Hind College.

“Getting a voter ID is like an intelligent status symbol. We hand out a Tricolour ribbon, which students are actually wearing till election day,” said Natasha Kewalramani (20), of Xavier’s College who founded the iVote campaign — to get collegians to register — along with her friend Keya Madhvani. The campaign began 17 months ago, but the response multiplied after the 26/11terror attacks. “We began in South Mumbai colleges because the students are from the upper class — they take things for granted and are largely politically indifferent,” said Kewalramani.