Upper castes not a vote bank
Why is so difficult to unite the upper caste so that they form a vote bank? The reason probably is that they do not bother to participate in democracy. Even if they do each person votes as per his own convictions rather than sticking to particular vote bank. They constantly defect from one ideology to another without hesitation, when they find that particular candidate not suitable. Their successive non-participation has resulted in situation where they don't matter.india Updated: May 30, 2006 19:34 IST
Why is so difficult to unite the upper caste so that they form a vote bank? The reason probably lies in the fact that the upper castes do not bother to participate in democracy. Even if they participate each person votes as per his own convictions rather than sticking to particular vote bank. They constantly defect from one ideology to another without hesitation, when they find that particular candidate not suitable.
Why do they do this? Because they believe that it is the right meaning of democracy. They believe that in democracy one should vote as per one's own independent opinion and when they find as per their opinion that none of the candidates are worth their vote they do not go to vote and do not participate in democracy.
The successive non-participation in democracy has resulted in situation where they are no longer considered a vote bank on which politicians can depend on in elections. They also desist the idea of being considered as a mere vote bank. They have independent thought and would like to exercise their own judgement in these matters.
Little they realize that individual votes do not matter in democracy. What matters in democracy is a collection of large number of votes. Unless these individual votes are tied together into a purpose of electing a particular party there is no meaning in having caste the vote.
A single vote is a negligible entity in democracy. But when it combines into a large collection of votes it makes political power which has not been happening among the upper castes due to their own intelligence and self decision-making ability coming in the way of collective power to be comprehended by the political forces. This lack of unison has resulted in downfall of the upper caste steadily since the independence. This has resulted in downright neglect that political parties are casting on the upper caste. It will continue since large mass of independent thinkers cannot be made to think alike unless they are oppressed by uncontrollable factor.
For ages the upper castes have not united the reason being there was no reason for them to unite. The current semblance of unity arises in the time of crisis. Even this is very meagre. Out of a population of fifty crore if there are only fifty thousand protesting, including all cities, it means a percentage of 0.01% which is negligible.
The upper castes need to really oppress by some sort of genocide so that they come together and help each other. Otherwise in democracy I do not see any future for the upper caste people. So, God, let the upper caste be oppressed even more severely so that they really feel the need to unite.
First Published: May 30, 2006 19:34 IST