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No vote of note

We crib about our politicians all the time. But when it comes to voting, we’re still indifferent.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2009 01:24 IST

We know we are spoilt for choice. Even when it comes to voting once every few years. We are very quick to condemn our political class but seem to do little to have a say in who should be our future leaders. According to news from our financial capital Mumbai, many would prefer to parasail or get away to cooler climes than cast their vote. So it all boils down to that, a nice gin and tonic at some salubrious destination or brave the heat to cast your vote.

Now many of us find nothing wrong in this. After all, every now and again, we go and vote and find that the more things change, the more they remain the same. This particular election, many, especially the young, have been invoked to vote. But, as we said before, we have an abundance of choice. If you are an ageist, you can go for either L.K. Advani or Manmohan Singh. Every vote counts as we have been told. But to those who are off and away having a jolly old time, we can only say this. Don’t kvetch and complain about your elected representatives next time around. If you cannot be bothered to actually pop down and cast your vote then it would be wise on your part to keep your opinions to yourself. For those inclined to deal with the bread and butter of the voting process, there could be a bit to be made on the side if you come out on V-Day.

Traders in an upmarket Delhi colony are offering discounts if you cast your lot in with whoever grabs your fancy. Well, the old adage, vote and support is working in our favour. So for whatever remains of our voting days, let’s go for the bargains, even if it means having to brave the heat and cast our vote.