Tuesday, March 3, 2009

iJaagoIndia!

“This is an effective, fun way to bring greater attention to voting. We're eager to see which municipality will have bragging rights for the next seven months.”

-          Jim Morrison

What the Lizard King said decades ago seems to have some meaning now, in the Indian context. The elections are there, in three months now. And it’s not the municipality; it’s the Lok Sabha elections, which gets to decide who rules the country for the next four years.

Elections have been happening every four years. So what’s new this year?

The new fad this year seems to be, that, people have discovered that we, the youth, exist.

What started with the JaagoRe! campaign  seems to have gripped everyone who wants to show their responsibility in asking the Indian Youth to vote.

CNN IBN, The Indian Express are just two of them. Many NGO’s, social sector organizations seem to be going to college after college and asking young India to vote.

So what is happening is, we are listening to the same facts over and over again, every week, from a different organisation. Most youth don’t vote. They can change the fate of India. Etc. Etc.

So, what is happening? We are getting free voter registration forms. We are being asked to go and submit them. And then, finally, vote.

Now, let me ask a question. How many have, actually, done this? I don’t think many. And I don’t think many will.

Why the pessimism, you might ask. Well, the youth aren’t idiots. They have existed since India have existed, and I do not think they don’t know what they are capable of. We don’t need constant reminders of “Go! Vote!”. Those who want to vote, they will do it, themselves, without being asked to.

We don’t need to be told what to do. We will do it, if we feel like it.