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Vote for yourself

I don’t have the time to think between work, but I will make sure that I vote when the time comes. Please make sure that you do too. John Abraham tells more.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 19:42 IST
John Abraham

It’s almost as if I have been living between shoots this past week. It’s been crazy, hectic but really exciting. I’ve been shooting for Hook Ya Crook, a movie about prison inmates. It’s a David Dhawan film, so you can imagine the humour... being in prison looks so cool that people are going to wonder what on earth they are doing outside.

Though this is not a cricket-film, there is cricket in the backdrop of the movie, thanks to which I have now progressed from being a regular cricket watcher (like all Indians) to one of those who looks out for the technicalities. I actually sit and stare at how the batsman handles his bat! Rohit Sharma’s coach recently informed me that I hold my bat more like a South African cricketer and I was like, what? Basically, because of my height and structure I don’t keep the bat on the ground, I keep my bat in the air ready to go!

I would like to believe that my stance with the bat reflects my attitude as a person… that I have my eye on the ball and will not shy away from something I believe in. I am not a political person, but I am extremely politically aware.

It is this spirit that led to my association with a very cool campaign aimed at getting youngsters out there to vote. The campaign rolls out this week and addresses an issue I feel very strongly about. Despite having the youngest population in the world, there are only 19 to 20 million registered voters between the age group of 18 to 30 in our country. And of those numbers, only 12 per cent go out there and vote.

I was shocked to learn that sometimes a bad politician wins by a margin of just 150 to 200 votes. I strongly believe that in matters of voting, Mumbai must follow Delhi’s example. The fact that so many Delhiites go out to vote is the reason why they have a Sheila Dikshit and we don’t. We don’t vote… we only complain. That has got to change. It is our duty, to ourselves and our expectations as citizens of India, to go out there and vote.

I don’t have the time to think between work, but I will make sure that I vote when the time comes. Please make sure that you do too.

Email: john.abraham@hindustantimes.com